French aerospace multinational, Airbus awarded a contract on March 29, 2023, to Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) to manufacture cargo and bulk cargo doors for the A320 neo aircraft family.
The contract is crucial in increasing Airbus' competitiveness in the single-aisle aircraft market and supporting the ramp-up of the A320 program, Airbus said in a statement.
TASL will produce these doors at a new facility in Hyderabad using cutting-edge robotics and automation technology. Each ship set will include two cargo doors and one bulk cargo door, according to the statement.
Commenting on the contract, president and managing director of Airbus India and South Asia, Rémi Maillard said, "When it comes to supporting the development of India’s industrial capacities, Airbus is walking the talk. The latest contract underlines our continued commitment to ‘Make-in-India’ for an AatmaNirbhar Bharat.”
On winning the contract, managing director and CEO of TASL, Sukaran Singh said “We have an ongoing relationship with Airbus based on trust and operational excellence, and this new contract win will further bolster our partnership in aerospace manufacturing in India.”
In addition to the contract, Airbus will build the C295 military aircraft Final Assembly Line (FAL) with TASL in Gujarat, marking the first concrete, large-scale Make-in-India manufacturing aerospace program in the private sector.