Cranfield University has announced it has an impressive new research and teaching facility – a Boeing B737-400 airliner – which has been donated by British Airways following its retirement from service.
The innovative ground-based facility will provide opportunities for research directly relevant to the Masters and Executive courses provided by the University. The aircraft adds to the University’s portfolio of industrial scale facilities creating a unique capability that is directly related to the University’s strengths as an aerospace centre of excellence. It landed at Cranfield Airport from Gatwick yesterday.
Professor Phil John, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing who welcomed the aircraft, said: “We are delighted that British Airways has decided to donate this large 400 series aeroplane to us and we greatly appreciate the relationship we have with this major airline.
“It will provide a highly significant resource, unique in European academia, and further enhances our capabilities and industrial scale facilities at the University.”
British Airways Captain Marc Schavemaker, one of the pilots flying the aircraft to Cranfield, said: “With more modern and efficient aircraft coming into our fleet it’s great that we have the opportunity to donate this retired 737 for research and training purposes.
“British Airways runs several apprenticeship and cadet pilot programmes and understands the benefits of having high quality training equipment.”