Saturday, March 19, 2016

Airbus plans $40-m pilot training centre

Hyderabad: Aerospace major Airbus on Friday announced plans to set up a pilot and maintenance training centre in the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi at an investment of $40 million (about ₹270 crore).

“This facility, expected to be ready by the end of next year (2017), will be fully owned by Airbus Group India and is aimed at training pilots,” said Srinivasan Dwarakanath, President, Airbus Division in India. The training will be delivered by Airbus-specialised instructors, he added.

Speaking on the sidelines of the India Aviation 2016 event here, he said: “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.”
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 is expected to accelerate the pace of training to help match A320neo deliveries to India, the company said. The Delhi facility will be able to train over 8,000 pilots and 2,000 maintenance engineers over 10 years.
18/03/156 V Rishi Kumar/Business Line

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