Saturday, March 18, 2017

Airbus begins work on pilot training hub

Buoyed by orders from entities in this country, European aircraft maker Airbus is opening a pilot training centre here. Work on this was inaugurated on Friday at a site which is part of the international airport; it will be operational by the end of 2018.

It will house two simulators of the A320 for pilots from customer airlines. Which includes Vistara, IndiGo and GoAir. “We have only scratched the surface on civil aviation in India. The training centre will be the first such facility fully owned by us in Asia,” said Tom Enders, global chief executive officer (CEO) of Airbus.

India has a little more than 200 of Airbus' planes in operation; there is also an order backlog of about 520 of its A320neo, giving it a market share of 70 per cent in service.

On an average, Airbus will deliver one aircraft each week here over the next 10 years. Market leader IndiGo, budget carrier GoAir and full service airline Vistara are all Airbus clients and have ordered the A320 neo.
18/03/17 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard

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