Thursday, November 1, 2007

Airbus with Air India

Airbus in talks with Air India to sell 12 A380s
New Delhi:
Airbus on Tuesday disclosed it was in talks with Air India for selling 10 to 12 A380s, each of which has a list price of $320 million.''In terms of orders placed for passenger aircraft last year and so far in 2007, we have bagged about 70% of them. Kingfisher had earlier ordered five A380s and it certainly won't be the last Indian carrier to do so. My first overseas trip to India is by purpose as it is the most important market,” Enders said.The company, said Airbus (India) president Kiran Rao, has 350 firm orders for aircraft from Indian carriers, with over 65 being placed this year itself. ''Our target is to have a similar market share in the 1,100 new planes we project India would require in next two decades,” he said.In return for huge orders, Airbus Industrie has set up a training service institute in Bangalore and entered into a partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, which builds nearly half of the doors for A320 planes. It will train nearly 1,000 pilots a year at its training centre.

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