Airbus to set up $40-mn training centre in India

Airbus to set up $40-mn training centre in India
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European aviation Airbus on Friday announced that it would establish a world-class pilot and aircraft maintenance training centre in the country. It will make an initial investment of $40 million on the facility which will come up in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to Srinivasan Dwarakanath, President, Airbus Division in India.

Hyderabad: European aviation Airbus on Friday announced that it would establish a world-class pilot and aircraft maintenance training centre in the country. It will make an initial investment of $40 million on the facility which will come up in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to Srinivasan Dwarakanath, President, Airbus Division in India.

The aviation major said that the work on the training centre will commence from 2017 and it will churn out around 8,000 Airbus pilots and 2,000 maintenance engineers in the next 10 years, starting from 2018. The centre will be fully owned by Airbus Group India with training to be delivered by Airbus' specialised training instructors.

The centre will be built in a modular concept in order to accommodate four A320 full-flight simulators, with potential to expand. Airbus has shortlisted suitable sites near the airport area of Delhi and will soon work towards finalising the agreements for land, construction and simulator installation
in 2017.

This investment in a training centre is a key strategic Airbus initiative in line with the country's 'Skill India' programme launched last year by the Indian government to develop a wide range of advanced competencies, the company said at India Aviation 2016 here.

"Our new training centre underscores Airbus' long-term vision to equip pilots and engineers with superior flying and maintenance skills to operate and maintain contemporary and next-generation Airbus aircraft to be delivered to the airlines of India," said Kiran Rao, Airbus' EVP Strategy and Marketing.

Airbus has been providing maintenance training from its existing centre in Bangalore since 2007, and has so far trained over 2,750 maintenance engineers. The new centre will accelerate the pace of training to help match the A320neo deliveries to India. Airbus said it is committed to offering the best-in-class training skills comparable anywhere worldwide.

"On an average, one Airbus aircraft per week is expected to be delivered to Indian carriers over the next 10 years. The need for top quality training will be perpetual," Dwarakanath said.

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