Soon, Airbus may start making planes in India, as Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has asked the aircraft manufacturer to build planes under the ‘Make in India' initiative and contribute to the country's growing aviation sector.
“Visited the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. Growing Indian aviation sector, stress on regional connectivity leading to more demand. It is also an opportunity for global aircraft manufacturers," the minister tweeted after his visit to the Airbus facility in Toulouse on Friday.
Prabhu said that if Airbus decides to make aeroplanes in India, it will lead to job generation and will be a win-win situation for both.
"Impressed upon them to Make In India. We will work on a roadmap," the minister, who is on a visit to France, tweeted.
Airbus, currently, has over 300 aircraft flying in the Indian skies. It has ordered another 530 aircraft.
Airbus Commercial Aircraft, India president Srinivasan Dwarakanath, had in March, on the sidelines of the Wings India aviation event in Hyderabad, said that Airbus would be delivering one plane on an average per week to airlines in India over the next 10 years.
The company statistics estimated that India would need 1,750 new aircraft over the next 20 years (2017-2036), comprising 1,320 single-aisle and 430 wide-body planes, valued at $255 billion.