India got its first Airbus greenfield training facility at New Delhi. On Friday, the groundbreaking for the Airbus Training Center performed by India’s aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus.
First Airbus training centre in Asia
The First Airbus Training center is near to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, and it is the first ever Airbus India Training Centre in Asia. Also, it will address the growing demand for trained pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers and skilled people in domestic aviation space.
Hence, an land license agreement signed between Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL), a GMR-led consortium and Airbus India.
A DIAL representative said “The land licence agreement signed between the DIAL and the Airbus India for a period till 31st March, 2036”. He also added that DIAL received security deposit and advanced development charges (ADC), thereby receiving annual license fee.
Airbus wanted to tap this opportunity. Because India is the fastest growing aviation market in domestic field in whole world. In next 20 years it will surpass by average of 4.6% at an annualised growth rate of 9.3%.
However, Airbus forecasted that a 1600 new passenger and freighter aircraft will be a major transport medium by 2035.
To support it 24000 new pilots and maintenance engineers will needed.
“We have only scratched the surface when it comes to the growth of civil aviation in India. But, this training centre, the first such facility fully owned by us in Asia. It is a symbol of our enduring partnership with this country,” said CEO of Airbus Tom Enders.
The Airbus Training Center is situated in 7000 sqm and will built by modular state of the art facilities. Additionally two A320 full fledged.
About 250 Airbus’s aircraft are in service in India and 570 are currently ordered by India Airlines.