Airbus' first fully owned training facility in Asia to be set up in Delhi
New Delhi, March 17, 2017
Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju today performed the ground-breaking ceremony for aircraft manufacturer Airbus' first fully owned training facility in Asia that will be set up at Aerocity, near the Indira Gandhi International Airport, in the national capital.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha were amongst those present on the occasion.
The greenfield training facility will support India's growing need for Airbus aircraft pilots and maintenance engineers, the company said.
India is the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world and is expected to continue to grow at an annualised 9.3% over the next 20 years, outpacing the world average of 4.6%. The number of trips per capita in India is expected to quadruple by 2035 due to a combination of economic and demographic factors, a press release from Airbus said.
To cater to this huge demand, Airbus forecasts a requirement for at least 1,600 new passenger and freighter aircraft by 2035. The consequent increase in Indian in-service aircraft fleet will lead to an accompanying need for over 24,000 new pilots and maintenance engineers.
“India’s rapidly growing passenger aircraft fleet must be matched by adequate availability of skilled pilots and maintenance engineers. Airbus’ pilot and maintenance engineering training center is the type of facility which will help augment the talent pool of such personnel and thus be a force multiplier for the Indian aviation sector," Mr. Gajapathi Raju said.
He also urged Airbus to consider creating a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in India.
“We have only scratched the surface when it comes to the growth of civil aviation in India. This training centre will be the first such facility fully owned by us in Asia. It is a symbol of our enduring partnership with this country,” said Mr. Enders.
The nearly 7000 sq mtr Airbus India Training Centre will be built in a modular concept in order to become operational by end-2018 with two A320 full flight simulators, increasing to four and potentially to six simulators in due course. It will start with an initial capacity to train over 800 pilots and 200 maintenance engineers annually, the release said.
The centre will cater primarily to Airbus operators in India and the region. Airbus has more than 250 aircraft in service in India and over 570 are on order by Indian airlines.