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Airbus A318 delivered to new Air and Space Institute building in Newark from Gloucestershire by Air Salvage International

There was an unusual sight over the weekend as a huge passenger jet arrived in town.

On Saturday, an Airbus A318 jet made a 110mile journey from Gloucestershire to its new home at the Air and Space Institute (ASI) currently being built off the Cattlemarket Roundabout in Newark.

The delivery of the jet marks a momentous milestone for the ASI and will be the main focal point of the training facility — giving students and apprentices access to a valuable education resource for engineering, flight, groundcrew and cabin crew training in a realistic environment.

Supported by Air Salvage International, the Airbus was escorted from Cotswold Airport all the way to Newark where it will take pride of place.

Mark Locking, chief executive and principal of the Lincoln College Group, said: “The striking arrival symbolises our commitment to providing students with unparalleled hands-on experiences and pathways to rewarding careers in aviation.

“We are soaring to new heights of innovation and knowledge. ASI will offer immersive, hands-on experiences that are second to none and is poised to become a hub for nurturing the aviation leaders of tomorrow.”

Matthew Spoors, portfolio holder for sustainable economic development at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This is another fantastic and visible milestone for the Air and Space Institute. Once in its new home, the plane will be awe-inspiring and eye-catching for students and passers-by alike.

“When fully operational, the ASI will be home to over 200 students each year.

“It will directly create almost 40 new jobs for the area and importantly will create many more over the coming generations to those wanting to embark on careers and pathways into better skilled, well-paid jobs in the civil and military aviation industries.”

Airbus A318 arrives in Newark. Photo: Air and Space Institute.
Airbus A318 arrives in Newark. Photo: Air and Space Institute.

Tom Cartledge, co-chair of the Newark Town Board, which helped fund the project, said: “There are not many places across the UK where students can get hands-on experience spending part of their learning on a real-life full-size Airbus.

“I am delighted to see higher and further education partners working together. The ASI really is creating a work-ready workforce able to meet the needs and challenges of employers.

“It’s putting Newark on the map, along with other towns fund projects, and this is another exciting moment in the run-up to the opening. We need to continue to generate new creative and innovative education provision to create career pathways for future generations.”

Ross Tarnowski, assistant principal at the Lincoln College Group, said: “At the Air and Space Institute, we are bridging the gap between classroom theory and real-world application.

“The Airbus A318’s presence on-site will give students the unique opportunity to work with an actual aircraft, enabling them to gain invaluable practical experience that will set them apart in their careers.

“This project has come to fruition thanks to the teams working tirelessly to make it happen. Thank you to the team at Air Salvage for safe delivery from the Cotswolds to Newark, as well as G F Tomlinson and Ritchie Services for logistical support of the abnormal heavy delivery being installed safely into the hangar of the building.

“Another key partner, Flight Director Ltd, will transform the aircraft to be functional, enabling students to operate the Airbus as an A320 Neo — the latest aircraft flying around Europe and the world — reinforcing our commitment to providing cutting-edge technology in the learning environment.”

Air and Space Institute in Newark takes delivery of Airbus A318, their newest hands-on training tool. Credit: Air and Space Institute.
Air and Space Institute in Newark takes delivery of Airbus A318, their newest hands-on training tool. Credit: Air and Space Institute.

Chris Flint, managing director of G F Tomlinson, said “This is a pivotal milestone for the Air and Space Institute, as we see the arrival of the full-size Airbus A318 at the Newark College site.

“The unique design and construction of the new facility have allowed us to accommodate the Airbus at this stage of the project. It has been a real privilege to be leading such a state-of-the-art educational establishment, working alongside the Lincoln College Group to deliver their aspirations for the scheme.

“We look forward to progressing the works through to a successful completion in December this year.”

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