Boeing 737-400 arrival
British Airways' Boeing B737-400 airliner arrives at Cranfield University

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.”

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About Boeing B737-400

Length: 36.5m, Wingspan: 28.9m, Empty weight: 33,200kg

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Aerospace Doctoral Training Centre

This higher research degree is associated with our Aerospace Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The Aerospace DTC encompasses a wide range of research and technology in the field of aeronautics and astronautics, including applications in the civil and defence sectors. The research areas range from advanced computational modeling and simulation to experimental testing using large scale facilities, including: flight testing, large wind tunnels, cabin evacuation, manufacturing and high-performance computing facilities.

A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside the generic core skills training programme, provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities with Cranfield’s wider research community.