Airbus shares a long-standing relationship of collaboration and symbiotic growth with India. For more than 50 years, technology and know-how from the company have catalysed the growth of India’s civil aviation sector and supported the modernisation of its armed forces.
"Make in India" is at the heart of Airbus strategy in India with the company constantly increasing the country's contribution to its global product portfolio. Airbus' local footprint in sourcing, engineering, innovation, maintenance and training services is a testament to our commitment to developing the local ecosystem.
India’s strength lies in its talent, with the presence of perhaps the largest engineers and Information Technology partner ecosystems in the world. We are leveraging these factors to contribute to our global programmes. For us, India is a base, a strategic resource hub for emerging technologies, world-class talent and research and development that powers the aerospace sector.
Airbus’ relationship with India started half a century ago with the delivery of the first A300 twin-aisle aircraft to the erstwhile Indian Airlines, now Air India. Today, Airbus accompanied India in its commercial aviation journey and is proud of an on-going, sustainable and ever-developing partnership. It has a prominent presence in the Indian aviation sector, accounting for a vast majority of the in-service fleet and more than 700 remaining to be delivered.
The A320 family is the preferred airliner in the discerning Indian market, and this long success propelled Delhi at the rank of the world's busiest A320 airport. The recently launched A321XLR will further push the boundary of our single aisle family.
Airbus’ focus amidst the pandemic has been on maintaining the highest standards for return to operations and on ensuring the best possible health precaution and sanitation for flyers. The “Keep Trust In Air Travel” campaign has been led in India to catalyse a safe and quick return to operations while reassuring travelers safety remain uncompromised.
Airbus has proposed multiple projects to kick-start a defence-focused industrial ecosystem in the country, including an offer to build the C295 military transport aircraft with Tata, as well as a partnership with Mahindra Defence to locally manufacture military helicopters. The execution of these projects will create thousands of jobs in India and catalyse the local supplier base, creating new capabilities to support the indigenous production of military equipment.
Airbus is working towards developing new market segments in the country such as, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), security, aerial work, power line missions etc. Recently, the first official HEMS service was launched in India by the state of Karnataka followed by AIIMS hospital in Dehradun, using Airbus H130 helicopters.
On the military side, the company has a rich history of industrial collaboration with the Indian industry. Airbus Helicopters signed an initial license agreement with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in 1962 allowing the latter to manufacture the Alouette III rotorcraft in India. In 1970, this agreement was expanded to include the production under license of the Lama. In India, these rotorcrafts are known as the Chetak and Cheetah, respectively, with HAL producing more than 600 of them. Furthermore, Airbus is aiming at the Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) and the Naval Multi-Role Helicopter (NMRH) acquisition programmes in India, in partnership with Mahindra Defence.
Airbus is offering to set up a final assembly line in India in partnership with Tata to produce C295 military transporter as a replacement for the Indian Air Force’s Avro aircraft fleet.
Airbus will be offering its A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, a proven multiplier, to the Indian Air Force to meet its long-term strategic requirements.
Airbus is Europe’s leading space company, and has extensive experience working with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its commercial arm, Antrix. Together, they have designed and built two communication satellites – Eutelsat W2M in 2008, and HYLAS-1 in 2010 – for European customers. In addition, ISRO has successfully launched Airbus’ Earth observation satellites – SPOT-6 in 2012, and SPOT-7 in 2014 – aboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). In 2015, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), a UK-based satellite manufacturer and Airbus subsidiary, launched DMC-3 satellites via the PSLV.
Airbus products were also a part of several important ISRO missions, including the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).
Launch services supported by Airbus have orbited more than 20 satellites for ISRO, with these spacecraft lofted from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) – Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America.
Airbus BizLab India
In 2015, Airbus established a BizLab Bengaluru, out of the four BizLabs in the world, the first and only BizLab outside Europe. BizLab is a part of Airbus’ global innovation strategy to bring together start-ups (entrepreneurs) and Airbus “intrapreneurs” (internal entrepreneurs) to work and speed up the transformation of their innovative ideas into valuable businesses. BizLab has a community of over 2000 B2B start-ups from India and South East Asia. As part of the program, startups receive support from an international team of experts from various fiels and have access to dedicated coaching staff, networking opportunities and co-working spaces.
The startup ecosystem in India is one of the fastest growing ecosystems in the world. Bizlab is boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Aerospace and Defense sectors. It is contributing to the government's flagship programmes 'Startup India' and 'Make in India' by scaling up startups in the aerospace and defence sectors.
Airbus India training centre
The training centre in India is a part of the Airbus woldwide training network offering local, pragmatic training solutions and become a partner of choice for safe and efficient operations of Airbus aircraft.
Located in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in Bengaluru, the training centres offer a comprehensive range of training courses for pilots and maintenance personnel by using the Airbus OEM expertise, innovative courseware, highly-qualified instructors, and the most advanced training technologies available in the market.
Airbus has been providing maintenance training from its existing centre in Bengaluru since 2007, and has so far trained more than 3000 maintenance engineers. With its new facility in the National Capital Region (NCR) the training centre will have the capacity to train more than 8000 pilots and 2000 engineers over the next ten years.
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