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Airbus Takes Flight with ‘Skill India’: Investing in the Future of Indian Aviation

The European aviation giant has teamed up with Air India, now under the Tata Group, to establish a world-class pilot training center in Gurugram, Haryana.

Over the next decade, this 3,300 sq.mt. center will train 5,000 new pilots, equipping them with the skills to navigate the skies in both, A320 and A350 Airbus models.

The first pilots will take flight at the Tata Airbus Training Centre in early 2025, starting with four A320 Full Flight Simulators. All courses will be approved by both the DGCA and EASA.

The aviation giant has teamed up with GMR Aero Technic to launch specialized Aircraft Maintenance Engineering training courses at GMR’s facility in Hyderabad. This collaboration promises to equip technicians with the skills and knowledge needed to maintain Airbus aircraft to the highest international standards.

Airbus is taking decisive action to fuel this expansion. As Rémi Maillard, President and Managing Director of Airbus India and South Asia, aptly puts it: “India will need 41,000 pilots and 47,000 technicians in the next 20 years. The pilot training centre with Air India and the maintenance training partnership with GMR are a testament to Airbus’ commitment to developing human capital.”

By partnering with academic institutions like GSV, IIT Kanpur, and IISc, the company fosters innovation and talent growth in the Indian aerospace sector.

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