Airbus is setting up a greenfield training facility at Aerocity, New Delhi, in India, to train aircraft pilots and maintenance engineers.
The fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world, India is expected to grow 9.3 percent annually over the next 20 years, outpacing the world average of 4.6 percent. The number of trips per capita in India is expected to quadruple by 2035. Airbus also forecasts India will need at least 1,600 new passenger and freighter aircraft by 2035, and an accompanying need for over 24,000 new pilots and maintenance engineers.
Rapidly growing fleets need to be matched by “adequate availability of skilled pilots and maintenance engineers,” says Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation.
The 7000 square metre Airbus India Training Centre will be built to allow for additional expansion in order to become operational by end-2018. At launch it will have two A320 full flight simulators, increasing potentially to six. Initial training capacity will amount to 800 pilots and 200 maintenance engineers annually. The centre will cater primarily to Airbus operators in India and the region. Airbus has more than 250 aircraft in service in India and over 570 are on order by Indian airlines.
“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,” says Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus.