Airbus announced plans to set up an new greenfield training facility at Aerocity, New Delhi, to support India’s growing demand for Airbus aircraft pilots and maintenance engineers.
India is the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world according to IATA 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.
Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said “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.”
The almost 7000 m2 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. Initially the facility will have the capacity to train over 800 pilots and 200 maintenance engineers annually.
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