European plane maker Airbus on Thursday signed a strategic agreement with India-based QuEST Global and AXISCADES to provide a range of critical engineering service for all Airbus aircraft programmes as tier-I suppliers, Airbus officials said.
QuEST will provide services for the wing and AXISCADES for the fuselage.
This is the second time that AXISCADES and QuEST have won an order for these engineering services through a competitive bidding process after the previous contract successfully completed its term.
“Both companies operate dedicated development centres in Bengaluru and over 500 engineers will be working across these centres to deliver the services. Quest and AXISCADES emerged as top choices from among seven contenders because of the unique value – cost and competency combination – they were able to demonstrate for Airbus,” company sources said.
“Through Make in India partnerships like these we have Indian engineering expertise flying on Airbus planes,” said Srinivasan Dwarakanath, president, Airbus Division in India. “Outside Europe, India provides the maximum volume of engineering services to Airbus compared to any other country.” India will need over 1,600 new passenger and freighter aircraft in the next 20 years according to Airbus Global Market Forecast. This growth is expected to drive demand for skills in the fields of Engineering, Manufacturing, and Services including maintenance & pilot training and MRO.