Airbus India Training Centre will become operational by the end of 2018
 
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Airbus India Training Centre will become operational by the end of 2018

Dilip Kumar Mekala
 

In a move to consolidate its position in the civil aviation market in India, Airbus has decided to open a training facility near Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport to train pilots and maintenance engineers to operate Airbus aircraft. This centre, which will be operational by the end of next year, will be Airbus’ first fully owned training facility in Asia. The traditional ground-breaking ceremony for the Airbus India Training Centre (AITC) was performed by the civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and CEO of Airbus, Tom Enders in the presence of minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha on March 17.

This investment in a training centre is a key strategic Airbus initiative in line with the country’s ‘Skill India’ programme launched in 2015 by the Indian government to develop a wide range of advanced competencies. The centre will be fully owned by Airbus Group India with training to be delivered by Airbus’ specialised training instructors. Airbus has been providing maintenance training from its existing centre in Bengaluru 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.

“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 centre 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,” said Ashok Gajapathi Raju. During the event, Raju urged Airbus to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in India. He even suggested that his ministry will help the company in getting the clearances faster by coordinating with the state governments.

Civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and CEO of Airbus Tom Enders unveiling the Airbus India Training Centre model
Civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and CEO of Airbus Tom Enders unveiling the Airbus India Training Centre model

 
 
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