Airbus opens 2 training centres in B'lore

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Bangalore, Oct 31 (UNI) With a huge market for passenger aircraft beckoning, French Aircraft Major Airbus today opened two training centres to train engineers and pilots, the biggest such facility outside its base in Toulouse in France, here today.

Speaking to newspersons, Airbus CEO Thomas Enders said the Airbus engineering Centre and Airbus Training Centre, which was set up in a tie-up with CAE, a leader in integrated training solutions, would train more than 1000 engineers and pilots every year.

The training centres would provide training in simulators,flight management systems, aerodynamics and critical management works.

Mr Elders said the centres were part of Airbus' 600 million dollars offset commitment to the Centre.

India offered a great market to Airbus which had won a dominating 75 per cent of aircraft ordered by the country during the last two years.

''Indian civil aviation is growing at 40 per cent per annum and it will need 1,000 pilots per year from now onwards. We are committed to serve the country which provide us a great market share,'' he added.

Despite fast growing civil aviation India's training infrastructure remained underdeveloped and Airbus as the manufacturer of aircraft would take it as a challenge to help it.

''We will screen, evaluate candidates selected by India's major airliners and also provide simulators, offices, instructors,pilots and software to train pilots and engineers for the aviation industry,'' he added.


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