Former Airbus A380 Chief Engineer joins Global Airlines

Render of a Global Airlines Airbus A380 in flight
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Following the maiden flight of 9H-GLOBL from the Mojave Air and Space Port, Global Airlines marks another milestone; welcoming another industry heavyweight onboard.

The UK start-up long-haul airline is welcoming former Airbus A380 Chief Engineer John Roberts to its Advisory Board.

With a career spanning four decades and a wealth of experience garnered primarily at Airbus, Roberts brings relevant insight and operational acumen to the table.

A Storied Career in Aviation

An alumnus of Brunel University where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering, John Roberts is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical society and a chartered engineer.

Roberts’ journey in aviation commenced with Dowty Fuel Systems, where he honed his skills in aircraft systems and engineering.

His subsequent tenure at Messier-Dowty further solidified his expertise, laying the groundwork for his pivotal role at Airbus.

Pioneering A380 Operations

At Airbus, Roberts emerged as a trailblazer in the operational integration of the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

As a key liaison between Airbus and airlines, he navigated the complexities of the A380’s early service life, ensuring a seamless transition into commercial operation.

Recognising the A380 Legacy

Reflecting on his appointment, Roberts extolled the A380 as a paragon of aviation excellence, remarking on its distinctive presence in the skies.

With over two decades of service ahead, he emphasizes the aircraft’s longevity and technological sophistication.

The A380 is the most distinctive aircraft in the sky, and I’m proud to have played a small part in its success since it entered into commercial operation in 2005,” says John Roberts.

“It is still a modern, latest technology aircraft, with two more decades of full-time usage in front of it.”

“It is great to be joining the project following the landmark first flight and I share Global’s belief in the aircrafts ongoing potential. I look forward to working with the team, and the wider A380 community, as we plan for the future.”

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Roberts’ enthusiasm for joining Global Airlines underscores his belief in the A380’s sustained relevance and potential.

As the aviation industry evolves, his insights will likely be instrumental in charting the course for the A380’s continued success.

Strategic Vision for Global Airlines

Kevin Billings OBE, Chair of the Advisory Board, underscores the strategic significance of Roberts’ appointment.

“John’s experience, insight and contacts will be invaluable to Global as it enters a period of rapid development following our recent first flight,” he said.

“Getting an A380 back in the sky is a monumental achievement and few people will ever realise just how challenging and complex this is to achieve.”


Global Airlines is now poised for transformative growth under Roberts’ guidance. To date, the airline has shown a keen focus on assembling a diverse pool of aviation experts,

Roberts’ integration into the Advisory Board aligns with Global Airlines’ clear commitment to expertise and excellence.

His extensive network and deep-rooted understanding of the A380 ecosystem will drive strategic initiatives and foster collaborative partnerships.

John Roberts now joins the growing list of Advisory Board members. Names include Kevin Billings OBE (Chair), Captain Ian Black, Margaret Dabbs OBE, Pierre Madrange, Claire Harbard, and Bill McPherson.

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