Airbus to set up India's first flight simulator near Delhi airport

Owen Stevens
March 21, 2017

Airbus announced its plans to build its first training center in Asia, which will be located in New Delhi, India, in the Aerocity.

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.

The ground-breaking ceremony for an Airbus training complex took place on March 17 in the presence of Airbus top brass and Indian Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. The consequent increase in Indian in-service aircraft fleet will lead to an accompanying need for over 24,000 new pilots and maintenance engineers.

India is the fastest growing domestic aviation market in the world, with growth expected to continue at an annual rate of 9.3% over the next 20 years, outpacing the world average of 4.6%. The airline has expanded its network to 19 destinations across the country with over 500 weekly flights and 13 aircraft, connecting India with multiple worldwide destinations via its growing number of interline partners.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders said that India was poised for tremendous growth in the civil aviation sector.

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, Airbus forecasts a requirement for at least 1,600 new passenger and freighter aircraft by 2035. He further said that this training centre would be the first fully-owned facility of Airbus in Asia, which was an example of Airbus' enduring partnership with India. It will start with an initial capacity to train more than 800 pilots and 200 maintenance engineers annually. More investment by Airbus is expected in the sector of pilot and other training. This partnership underlines our uncompromising commitment to uphold the highest of safety standards and operational excellence.

Vistara for the training of the flight crew of its A-320 aircraft has joined hands with Airbus at the European plane manufacturer's upcoming training centre. "It will help us tread a path towards industry leadership".

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