By Santanu Choudhury/ Bloomberg
New Delhi: State-owned Indian Airlines Ltd. signed an agreement with Airbus SAS, the world’s biggest commercial-aircraft maker, to build a centre for maintenance, repair and overhaul of planes in the country.
The centre, expected to start operating in October in New Delhi, will initially maintain Indian Airlines’ Airbus A320 planes, the New Delhi-based carrier said on 10 May.
This will be followed by maintenance of A320 planes for other customers in India and overseas, and of turboprops made by Avions de Transport Regional, a venture of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA and Airbus parent European Aeronautic, Defence and Space Co., the statement said.
Bangalore-based Jupiter Aviation and Logistics is also a partner in the venture, the statement said. From its third year, the venture will be able to maintain more than 200 single-aisle and wide-body aircraft, it said.
Indian Airlines has 74 planes, including 48 A320s. The carrier ordered 43 additional planes from Airbus last year and has taken delivery of one.