To bolster the aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) sector in India, Airbus has formed a collaborative alliance with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to facilitate the latter's foray into commercial aircraft servicing.
Airbus stated in a press release that through this partnership, the company will assist HAL in capitalizing on the increasing need for MRO services, particularly for the A320 family of aircraft, which has revolutionized air travel in India.
“HAL has a vision to establish an integrated MRO hub in the country and provide airlines with an effective MRO solution. This step by HAL Nashik is also aligned to civil-military convergence and the Make in India mission of the Government of India” said Saket Chaturvedi, CEO (MiG Compex), HAL.
“An indigenous MRO infrastructure will not only help airlines streamline their aircraft operations, but also support the government’s aim of making India a global aviation hub. And HAL with its deep experience in the aerospace industry is well positioned to trigger the growth of this sector,” said Rémi Maillard, president and managing director, Airbus India and South Asia.
Under the agreement, Airbus will provide the A320 family tool package and offer specialised consulting services to HAL to set up an MRO. It will also offer access to HAL ato AirbusWorld, a digital platform that offers support, technical data and training solutions.
HAL’s Nashik division has capabilities in civil MRO, which include Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)-approved three hangars and skilled manpower from their defence activities.