Airbus mulls service centre in India

Berlin, May 17 | Updated: May 18 2006, 05:30am hrs
European consortium, Airbus Industrie on Wednesday announced that it was planning to set up maintenance, repair and overhauling (MRO) facility in India.

On the sidelines of ILA 2006 Berlin Airshow, Gustav Humbert, CEO, Airbus, told FE, The fact that India is a moving market and we have a large fleet there, makes sense that there should be a servicing centre there. The MRO facility, spread over Nasik and Mumbai, is estimated to cost over Rs 500 crore. The MRO will not be a captive facility and will offer maintenance to all Airbus family aircraft, according to company officials. The investment in the MRO venture is a part of the commitment made by Airbus to the government, following the Rs 10,000-crore aircraft order by Indian Airlines and the recent purchases by Kingfisher and Indigo airlines.

Revealing Airbus Industries plans for India, he said, We dont want to just sell. We want to get involved in setting up pilot training schools and facilities for training maintenance staff.

Airbus was in touch with private airlines to provide learning and competence focused training in India.