Boeing to establish service centre in India

New Delhi, Aug 4 | Updated: Aug 5 2005, 06:29am hrs
The US aircraft major Boeing is firm on setting up a maintenance, overhauling and service centre for its increasing aircraft fleet in India. The company had earlier said that it was exploring possibilities of setting up a maintenance facility in India.

According to Boeings vice president-sales Dinesh Keskar, the company will have a better idea about the project towards the end of the year when it holds discussions with the government and industry.

Another Boeing official, however, said that the centre could be expected to come up in the next two years.

Theres no doubt that theres a need for such a centre but when, where and how, are the questions we cant answer now, Boeings managing director, Asia Pacific communications Mark Hooper told FE.

The company has a state-of-the-art facility in Seattle. But more recently, it announced its plan to set up a centre on the same lines in Singapore through Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training.

However, in India the company does not rule out the possibility of starting the project through the joint venture route.

According to Mr Hooper, the company is also in the process of increasing its headcount in the country, particularly, in the areas of marketing and communications.

Boeings proposed facility will be set up to overhaul, service and modify airplanes in India. The unit could possibly look at training pilots also, Boeing officials said.