British Airways has appointed Andy Kerswill as Director of Engineering, following Garry Copeland’s promotion to Managing Director Operations.

Andy, who begins his role on February 1, returns to Engineering following a spell as managing director at British Airways’ subsidiary, BA CityFlyer.

Previously, he was a general manager at Engineering, with responsibility for business development and planning.

Andy began his career at British Airways in 1979, joining as an engineering apprentice. Having completed his apprenticeship, his first full-time role with the airline was as an aircraft engineer, working on aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Concorde.

He has held a wide variety of positions across BA, ranging from ground operations, aircraft interiors design, aircraft procurement and delivery and materials management.

More recently at BA CityFlyer he has continued to develop the business to become one of the most punctual UK airlines in 2012.

Garry Copeland said: “I am delighted to announce that Andy will be taking over as Director of Engineering. He has a wealth of experience both in the airline industry and within British Airways Engineering. Under Andy’s leadership I am confident the department will go from strength to strength.”

Andy Kerswill added: “I am really looking forward to returning to Engineering as these are exciting times for our team. This year we will welcome two state-of-the-art aircraft types, the Airbus 380 and Boeing 787, into our fleet, and raise the operational performance of our existing fleets to new levels. Our synergies programme with our colleagues in Iberia is delivering real benefit and we continue to invest in our infrastructure and third-party capabilities.

“Having joined British Airways as an apprentice myself many years ago, I am extremely proud of the fact that as a leading employer in a great industry, we continue to invest in our people and communities across the UK, through modern apprenticeships, graduate schemes and world-class training programmes.”