Qatar Airways is proud to be the global launch partner of the Rolls-Royce Virtual Reality training tool, another ground-breaking accomplishment for the national carrier, as they are the first airline to put the new cutting-edge technology on trial as part of their engineering training plan.

The new 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.

The 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 engine.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker said they constantly strive to deliver innovation in every area of their 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.’

Rolls-Royce President – Civil Aerospace Chris Cholerton, said that they are designing, testing and maintaining engines in the digital realm, so it makes sense that they bring cutting-edge technology to their 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.’

The 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. The 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 now being used by Qatar Airway Talent Development department to train their ground operations teams.

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