Airbus has tied up with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to set up a maintenance repair overhaul (MRO) unit in the country for the A320 family of aircraft in Nasik, Maharashtra.
This collaboration with the largest European aircraft manufacturing company will increase self-reliance in the aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) industry in India, HAL said.
The facility will be established and be ready for aircraft induction by November 2024 after getting the requisite DGCA approval.
In the future, this Nasik facility is expected to be available for the entire Asian region after obtaining EASA approval in partnership with Airbus.
The company added that it intends to establish integrated MRO services in India and will seek to provide commercial airlines with a one-stop MRO solution in a “one-of-a-kind” facility in the country.
Under the agreement, Airbus will provide the A320 family tool package and offer specialised consulting services to HAL to set up an MRO.
Airbus will also offer HAL access to AirbusWorld, a digital platform that offers support, technical data and training solutions.
HAL’s Nasik division has capabilities in civil MRO, which include the three DGCA-approved hangars and skilled manpower from their defence activities.
“This step by HAL is aligned to civil-military convergence and the ‘make-in-India’ mission of the government,” said Saket Chaturvedi, CEO (MiG Complex), HAL.