Airbus launches training and engineering centre in Bangalore

Bangalore: European airframe manufacturer, Airbus Industrie, launched its Airbus Engineering and Training Centre here, which is slated to be the biggest such facility outside its base in Toulouse, France.

The centre, formally inaugurated by Airbus president and chief executive officer Thomas Enders, will be equipped with seven simulators and cater to 2,000 aviation engineers by 2010, besides addressing the shortage of trained pilots in the country.

While six simulators will be based on the A320 platform, one will be based on the A330 platform, upgradeable to A340. According to the company, each of the simulators costs up to $15 million.

The training centre will eventually be based at a location closer to the upcoming Bangalore International Airport at Devanahalli.

Meanwhile, Enders said that Airbus had emerged as aircraft manufacturer of choice in India. "Last year, 75 per cent of the new orders for aircraft with more than 100 seats, were Airbus planes. We want to build on that success by ensuring mutually beneficial cooperation with the industry and research institutions here," he said.

The new training and engineering centre is part of Airbus'' $600 million offset commitment to the Government of India after receiving large number of aircraft orders from Indian Airlines.