DOHA – Qatar Airways recently conducted its sixth annual aircraft recovery equipment exercise, Qatar Airways Disabled Aircraft Recovery (QDAR), providing training and safety preparation for aviation professionals from across the aviation industry in Qatar and the Middle East.
The annual exercise was held at Doha International Airport (DIA), and focused on how to use the airlines comprehensive recovery kit to retrieve a disabled aircraft, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
Qatar Airways was the first airline globally to invest in an aircraft recovery kit for recovering wide and narrow-body aircraft from across the Middle East, and any other part of the world.
The A380 equipment is one of four kits available in the world, and consists of tools to recover any wide bodied aircraft, including the Airbus A380, A350 and Boeing B787.
The recent training exercise involved demonstrating how the different equipment in the kit works, with the apparatus including spreader bars, multi slings, cranes, low pressure bags and tethering kits for salvaging both narrow and wide body aircraft.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said “Qatar Airways is enhancing global aviation safety with our commitment to investing in the highest standards of recovery equipment and comprehensive training for industry ofessionals.
“This recovery kit is an asset not only for Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport but for the entire airline industry.”
There are 12 complete recovery kits worldwide, including that of Qatar Airways, with the full equipment for the A380 owned by Qatar Airways being the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
Ashish Jain, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Group Safety and Security said “We have successfully completed our sixth annual aircraft recovery exercise ensuring that the airline’s rigorous safety and training measures are met.
“Safety is of the highest priority for Qatar Airways and we are committed to providing a thorough training programme for Qatar Airways employees and all QDAR members, ensuring the equipment is ready for any crisis.”
Qatar Airways aircraft recovery kit is fully mobilised and as Qatar Airways is a member of the International Airline Technical Pool, the airline can provide disabled aircraft recovery services for anywhere in the world. – Bernama