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Suresh Prabhu invites Airbus to make planes in India

In March, the minister had stated that the government wants to extend the 'Make in India' initiative to planes and drones, and not just import the entire requirement in the coming years

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Politics India Suresh Prabhu invites Airbus to make planes in India
New Delhi:  Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has requested plane producer Airbus to construct planes in India beneath the ‘Make in India’ initiative and contribute to the nation’s rising aviation sector. 

Airbus, at present, has more than 300 aircrafts flying in the Indian skies and another 530 have been ordered by Indian carriers. Airbus will be delivering one plane on an average per week to airlines in India over the next 10 years.

The company in its India market forecast estimated that the country 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.

The minister is in Paris for the meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He will also participate in the meeting of key WTO (World Trade Organisation) members on the sidelines of OECD meet.

Prabhu visited the Airbus facility in Toulouse on Friday during his ongoing visit to France and said that if Airbus decides to make aeroplanes in India, it will lead to job creation and will be a win-win situation for both.

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 the visit.

“Impressed upon them to Make In India. We will work on a roadmap,” the minister said.

“I will be meeting top bosses of Airbus and try to request them to start manufacturing aircraft in India”. the minister said.

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