Qatar Airways has become the global launch
partner of Rolls-Royce’s new Virtual Reality training tool.
The innovative tool is
designed to provide engineers with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB refresher
training in a virtual environment without the need for a physical
engine to work on. Qatar Airways engineers will be the first in
the industry to experience this cutting-edge technology.
Trent XWB, which powers the Qatar Airways A350 fleet, is
Rolls-Royce’s largest engine and must be separated before
engineers can transport it for maintenance and repair. Using HTC
Vive equipment, engineers will be immersed in the process, using
sight, sound and touch to separate the two parts of the engine in
a virtual setting, without the complexity and cost of a real
Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, Mr. Chris Cholerton,
said, “At Rolls-Royce we are designing, testing, and maintaining
engines in the digital realm, so it makes sense that we bring
cutting-edge technology to our training programmes. In the same
way pilots complete elements of their training in a simulator,
certain engineering tasks can be taught through Virtual Reality.
Qatar Airways was the first customer to take delivery of the Trent
XWB, and their forward-thinking vision across their business makes
them the perfect launch partner for this technology.”
Rolls-Royce Virtual Reality training platform trial follows Qatar
Airways’ first venture into the world of Virtual Reality when it
became IATA’s global launch partner of RampVR in August 2018. That system, pioneered by IATA, utilises the latest
virtual-reality technology to simulate real air-side conditions
for ground handling and ground service operator training. The RampVR system is being used by Qatar Airway’s Talent Development
department to train their ground operations teams.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Al Baker, said, “Qatar Airways is an airline of the future, and we
constantly strive to deliver innovation in every area of our
business. Our ultimate goal is to provide our customers with a
quality on-board experience every time they travel, and by
adopting the latest technology in our engineering department, we
aim to ensure that they arrive at their destination smoothly and
without disruption. We are very excited about the new Virtual
Reality training tool offered by Rolls-Royce and we are proud that
they have chosen Qatar Airways as their global launch partner.”
Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250
aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more
than 160 destinations worldwide.