Airbus to establish training centre at Aerocity in New Delhi

Vistara join hands with Airbus to train its A320 aircraft crew

First Airbus training centre in Asia to come up near Delhi's IGI Airport

The new center-which is Asia's first Airbus training facility for pilots and maintenance engineers-will be built on a greenfield site in the Aerocity district near Indira Gandhi International, the capital's main airport.

Vistara, India's finest full-service carrier and a joint-venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, today signed a five-year agreement with Airbus Group India to provide training services to Vistara pilots for the A320 type aircraft.

Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, junior aviation minister Jayant Sinha and Airbus CEO Tom Enders will do the formal groundbreaking of the facility on Friday.

"India's rapidly growing passenger aircraft fleet must be matched by adequate availability of skilled pilots and maintenance engineers". The minister also urged Airbus to consider setting up a Maintenance and Overhaul facility (MRO) in India, in tune with the Make in India policy of the government to generate further employment opportunities.

Commenting on the partnership, Phee Teik Yeoh, chief executive officer, Vistara, said, "We're delighted to join hands with Airbus at the launch of its first training centre in India".

The number of per capita trips is expected to grow four-fold in the next 20 years, boosted by improving economic and demographic factors.

Covering nearly 7,000m², the Indian facility will initially feature two Airbus A320 full flight simulators, eventually rising to six simulators.

To cater to this huge demand, the European aviation major forecasts a requirement for at least 1,600 new passenger and freighter aircraft by 2035. This will lead to an accompanying need for more than 24,000 new pilots and maintenance engineers. "It is a symbol of our enduring partnership with this country", said Enders.

"Airbus India had chose to open its full flight training centre here, keeping in mind the growing requirements of its customers as Delhi is a key base for most of the airlines - Air India, Indigo and Vistara", it added. We will start training their pilots when the centre becomes operational end-2018.

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