Hyderabad: Pleased with the growing demand for its regional jets, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has said it is mulling the establishment of a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in India.
Speaking to the media here, Bombardier Aerospace's Commercial aircraft division's vice president for marketing Trung Ngo said that the company is in the midst of evaluating options for MRO facilities in the Indian-subcontinent.
Bombardier already offers aircraft maintenance facilities to existing operators in the Asia-Pacific region.
In India, Air India currently operates three CRJ 700s, while private airline Jet Airways operates seven CRJ 200s.
Bombardier regional vice president for sales, David Dixon said that Bombardier's comprehensive family of Lear jets, Challengers and Global Business Jets already fly in the region, and the company offers a complete range of travel solutions to meet the ongoing growing business travel requirements. He said Bombardier forecasts a demand of 1,548 aircraft of 20-149 seats capacity between 2008 to 2027 for the whole of the Asia- Pacific region.
Beefing up its sales effort in India, Trung Ngo, vice president sales for Asia-Pacific is spearheading Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's sales efforts in India, with a team of experienced aviation sales executives.
Dubbed ''Team India'', Ngo is joined by Sunder Venkat, the recently appointed sales director for India, and Ryan Debrusk, sales director for the Asia-Pacific region, at India Aviation 2008 in Hyderabad.
The three collectively bring 60 years of aviation industry experience and international business acumen to new and existing customers in India.
''One of our first orders of business is to showcase the CRJ900 NextGen regional jet at India Aviation 2008 in Hyderabad,'' said Ngo.
''The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is the ideal demonstration of what Bombardier Commercial Aircraft can offer India's growing aviation market.'' Ngo has been with Bombardier since 1982, most recently as vice president for marketing and communications for Bombardier Regional Aircraft.
In August 2008, Ngo was appointed vice president for sales for Asia Pacific, a large sales region that includes India. Ngo holds an MBA and another degree in mechanical engineering, and has spent four years in a senior position with Bombardier Transportation.
Ryan Debrusk is a graduate of international business studies who joined Bombardier eight years ago. He has been responsible for customer support activities in India, and in his current role as sales director for the Asia-Pacific, Debrusk covers India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Korea and Japan.
Sunder Venkat was recently appointed as sales director for India, and is based out of Bangalore, India. He is an ardent aviation enthusiast, having joined Bombardier following a distinguished career with a major aircraft engine company.
Bombardier is showcasing its CRJ900 Nextgen airliner at the India Aviation 2008 In Hyderabad. The CRJ900 NextGen regional jet is at Hyderabad as part of Bombardier Aerospace's show of strength at India Aviation 2008.
Bombardier calls the CRJ900 a global success story, as the 90-seat CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is one of Bombardier's largest and most advanced regional jets in production.''The CRJ900 NextGen airliner is ideally suited for the growing Indian regional aviation market,'' says Ngo.
''The CRJ NextGen aircraft are optimised for medium-haul applications and are benchmarks for regional jet efficiency in the 60- to 100-seat market on the strength of better economics, including lower fuel burn and operating costs.''
Bearing the colours of US-based Delta Airlines, the CRJ900 NextGen jet will be on display in Hyderabad from 15 – 17 October. With over 120 orders, the CRJ900 NextGen regional jet is the best-selling member of the CRJ NextGen aircraft family.
The 70- to 78-seat CRJ700 NextGen jet has attracted 50 orders and the 100-seat CRJ1000 NextGen jet has 45 firm orders from four airlines.
''Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is in a great position to promote all its market-leading products in Hyderabad – the CRJ NextGen regional jet, Q400 turboprop and the all-new CSeries airliners, the world's newest and most advanced single-aisle aircraft designed to set new standards in technology, fuel efficiency and reduced environmental impact, said Venkat, Bombardier's sales director for India.