Qatar Airways has enhanced its operations with
the acquisition of comprehensive aircraft recovery equipment – the
first airline in the world to own the complete state-of-the-art
There are just 11 complete kits globally, but
parts within each kit are owned separately by individual airlines
and airports worldwide. The full equipment is the first of its
kind anywhere in the world.
The Qatar Airways aircraft recovery kit is
transportable and capable of recovering the world’s largest
Airbus A380, from incident sites anywhere in the world, in
addition to any other aircraft types.
At an investment of US$3.2 million, the
equipment enables the airline’s Doha hub to be capable of
recovering equipment parts of any aircraft type following an
incident which renders an aircraft non operational.
Typical practice in the aviation industry calls
for airline and airport operators to complete due diligence in
removing an aircraft from a location where it has been damaged as
a result of an accident.
Qatar Airways recently tested
each aspect of its newly-purchased equipment in an exercise that
was a joint effort carried out by the airline, Qatar Aviation
Services, Doha International Airport and observed by Qatar’s Civil
Aviation Authority and Qatari Air Force.
employs a dedicated team fully trained on the equipment, with an
annual test exercise mandatory.
“When we first looked to
purchase a full end-to-end aircraft recovery kit, we evaluated
what benefits the equipment would bring not only to Qatar Airways
and Doha International Airport, but rather as an investment for
the industry as a whole,” said Qatar Airways Chief
Akbar Al Baker. “Obtaining the equipment, fully
training an entire team on utilisation and conducting exercises,
is a priority for the airline and also a commitment to our
The capability to conduct aircraft
recovery implementation is a requirement by airports worldwide.
The equipment acquisition boosts the capabilities of Qatar
Airways’ quick application in an emergency response scenario.
Developed by ResQtec, an industry authority on the highly
specialised equipment, any airline requiring recovery service anywhere worldwide can benefit from the state-of-the-art recovery
service owned by Qatar Airways, which is fully deployable anywhere
in the world.
The Doha-based comprehensive kit is capable of recovering
salvageable, disabled aircraft anywhere in the
The recovery equipment acquisition also enables
Qatar Airways to join the International Airlines Technical Pool
(IATP), an organisation backed by industry body, International Air
Transport Association (IATA).
The International Airlines
Technical Pool (IATP) is a convention of airlines made up of over
100 member airlines. In the spirit of co-operation, members of the
aviation industry gather twice yearly to discuss sharing of
resources, reducing costs, while improving operating efficiency.
Under its auspices, members share aircraft recovery kits, aircraft
parts and tooling, ground handling equipment and
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