Dungannon-based Mallaghan Engineering has invested £700,000 to develop a catering truck for use with Airbus’ new A380 aircraft for the export market.
Mallaghan Engineering designs and manufactures a wide range of ground support equipment for the aviation industry, including passenger stairs, baggage handling systems and medical access lifts. RDA Invest Northern Ireland contributed over £200,000 of R&D support towards the development of the new catering truck through its COMPETE programme.
Technologically advanced and designed specifically to accommodate the huge size of the A380, the truck can elevate over three metres higher than a truck which caters for a standard jumbo jet. The truck will be in operation at Heathrow Airport when the Airbus A380 completes its first commercial flight to the UK on March 18.
Ronan Mallaghan, managing director of Mallaghan Engineering, said: ‘The Airbus A380 heralds a new era in civil aviation and requires a new standard in ground support equipment which can cope with the challenges presented by the aircraft’s enormous dimensions.
‘Our new A380 catering truck addresses these challenges and represents a significant technological step forward for the company. The truck is the result of the dedicated efforts of our workforce and embodies their high skills levels, as well as the emphasis we place on innovation.’