Airbus in India

Airbus shares a long-standing relationship of collaboration and symbiotic growth with India. For decades, technology and know-how from the company have catalysed the growth of India's civil aviation sector and supported the modernisation of its armed forces.

We make it in India

Tying our destiny to India

India already takes a centre-stage role in our international activities and we want to further increase its contribution to our products. We support Prime Minister Modi’s 'Make in India' initiative and are ready to manufacture in India, for India and the world.

Tom Enders Airbus CEO

Driven by the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Airbus is constantly increasing India’s contribution to its global product portfolio. Local footprint in terms of sourcing, engineering and innovation, maintenance and training services play key roles alongside the push to retain and extend the company's leadership in this large and growing market.

$500 million

In 2015, Airbus exceeded the $500 million annual procurement mark from Indian suppliers

The ‘Make in India’ policy is at the front and centre of our business strategy in the country and embedding Indian companies in our global supply chain is one of the pillars of our approach.

Today, we work with over 45 Indian suppliers, both publicly and privately owned, who employ over 6,000 people on our projects. These suppliers provide engineering & IT services, aero-structures, materials and cabins for several of our leading platforms.

We work closely with our suppliers and conduct trainings to keep their workforce engaged in our projects. We provide them intensive training and mentoring and ensure their skills are up to date. Ask any Airbus supplier in India what they like about us, and one thing they will say is that we help them grow and graduate along the value chain.

We have proposed multiple projects to kick-start a defence focused industrial ecosystem in the country, including an offer to build the C295W military transport aircraft alongside Tata, and a partnership with Mahindra Defence to locally manufacture military helicopters.

The execution of these projects will create thousands of jobs in India and catalyse the local supplier base, creating new capabilities to support the indigenous production of military equipment.

India suppliers

Building local engineering and innovation for global growth

India is home to an ambitious and gifted engineering talent pool. We have set up design, engineering and research facilities here to leverage this talent. We employ about 80% of our direct workforce in India in engineering roles.

Pierre de BaussetPresident and MD, Airbus India

The Airbus engineering facility in Bengaluru employs around 400 engineers who focus on core engineering in areas such as:

  • Structural analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Avionics software design and testing
  • System simulation
  • Digital mock-ups and system installation


Airbus' facilities in Bengaluru

Additionally, Airbus has two dedicated design centres – one with AxisCades for fuselage and one with Quest for wing and pylon, each employing more than 200 engineers.

Airbus’ global Emerging Technologies and Concepts Group (ETC) is headquartered in Bengaluru with teams located in Toulouse and Hamburg. Airbus is part of the engineering organisation and works on emerging and disruptive technologies.

Airbus BizLab expands to India

Airbus has always been at the forefront of innovation to create more value for its customers. With Airbus BizLab Bengaluru we are broadening our horizon and we aim to accelerate the rise of Indian aeronautical entrepreneurship.

Bruno GutierresHead of Airbus BizLab


A branch of Airbus BizLab, the Group’s third after Toulouse and Hamburg, was established in Bengaluru in November 2015. BizLab is a part of Airbus’ innovation strategy to bring together start-ups and Airbus ‘intrapreneurs’ (internal entrepreneurs) to work and speed up the transformation of their innovative ideas into valuable businesses.

Airbus BizLab has selected several Indian start-ups that will benefit from its six-month acceleration programme.


Airbus Innovations R&T activities with Indian partners

Airbus Innovations, the Group’s network of research facilities, scientists, engineers and partnerships, also has a team in Bengaluru. It carries out Research and Technology (R&T) in advanced fields such as: big data analytics, high-performance and distributed computing, computer vision and signal processing, and also collaborates closely with leading domestic universities and technology institutions. 

One of its ongoing research projects in the field of Cognitive Radars has led to publications in leading international scientific journals and the filing of two patents (with two more in the pipeline).

The Compnay's partnerships with academic institutions include:

  • Sponsoring a two-year, part-time Aerospace MBA programme in Bengaluru which is jointly delivered by the Toulouse Business School and the Indian Institute of Management Bengaluru (IIM-B)
  • Jointly endowing a research chair for Sourcing and Supply Chain Management at IIM-B together with the Supply Chain Management Institute at the EBS Business School in Germany
  • Supporting the Mathematics of Complex Systems research chair at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai
  • Successfully concluded several research projects with various IITs in areas related to computing, simulation, navigation and homeland security. Underway is a research collaboration framework agreement with IIT-Kharagpur.
Airbus Group in India infographic

We make it together


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Srinivasan DwarakanathPresident, Airbus Division at Airbus India

Airbus has a proud and prominent presence in the Indian aviation sector, with over 70% market share. The fleet of Indian carriers now includes over 220 Airbus aircraft with over 500 on order.

Airbus’ goal for the domestic aviation sector is to support its growth in a sustainable manner and to leverage its commercial successes to further its industrial cooperation with India. Indian companies are an integral part of Airbus’ global supply chain and contribute to a range of Airbus aircraft programmes.

The first A320neo jetliner delivered to IndiGo

Airbus India Training, established in 2007, is addressing the growing domestic demand of trained pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers. It has trained more than 2,750 professionals to date.

Furthermore, Airbus has cooperated with CAE and InterGlobe to establish a pilot training centre with two A320 simulators in Greater Noida near New Delhi. Along with the training activities, Airbus provides flight operations support to its customers in India from New Delhi, and offers Tailored Support Programme (TSP) packages to existing and prospective customers.

On average, one Airbus aircraft per week is expected to be delivered to Indian carriers over the next 10 years. The need for top quality training will be perpetual.

Srinivasan DwarakanathPresident, Airbus Division at Airbus India

Airbus has announced the launch of a world-class pilot and maintenance training centre in the National Capital Region of Delhi with a spend of $40 million in phase 1. The investment in a training centre is a key strategic Airbus initiative in line with the country’s 'Skill India' programme.

The training centre will support the country’s need for new Airbus pilots and will have the capacity to train over 8,000 pilots and 2,000 maintenance engineers over 10 years from 2018 onwards.

A350 XWB composite components manufacturing at Tata Advanced Materials Ltd.

A trusted local partner

Airbus Defence and Space

“A strong local aerospace and defence industrial base is in our interest. It will generate opportunities to collaborate with local companies and address not only Indian requirements but also leverage India as a manufacturing base to target export markets.”

Venkat KatkuriPresident, Airbus Defence & Space Division at Airbus India

Airbus Defence and Space is supporting the country in building a robust domestic defence industrial base through sharing of technologies and tie-ups with local industry.

For example, the Division has offered to establish a Final Assembly Line (FAL) in India in partnership with Tata, to produce the C295W military transport aircraft as a replacement for the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Avro fleet. The evaluation process for the programme is ongoing.

ISRO’s PSLV C23 lift off. Picture courtesy: ISRO

In the space sector, the Division works with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its commercial arm, Antrix. The two organisations have jointly designed and built two communication satellites for European customers: Eutelsat W2M in 2008 and HYLAS-1 in 2010.

In June 2014, a new milestone was reached when the Division’s high-resolution earth observation satellite, SPOT 7, was successfully taken into space onboard ISRO’s PSLV launcher. In 2015, Surrey satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) a UK-based satellite manufacturer and subsidiary of space systems launched DMC-3 satellites through PSLV.

Additionally, all Indian INSAT communication satellites have been put into orbit by Arianespace, which is partly owned by Airbus Defence and Space. Moreover, the Division’s products have been present on many important missions of ISRO including the Mars Orbiter Mission and Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

The AS565 MBe naval version of Airbus Helicopters’ Panther family

Continuing tradition

Airbus Helicopters

“Our intent is to develop, together with our partners; an industrial ecosystem in India focused on helicopter technology and to expand the currently limited supply chain through sharing of technology and knowhow.”

Xavier HayPresident, Airbus Helicopters Division at Airbus India

Airbus Helicopters has teamed up with Mahindra Defence to produce helicopters locally, with the aim of establishing the first private sector joint venture company under the country’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

The joint venture will bid as the prime contractor for the Naval Multi-Role Helicopter (NMRH), Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) and the Reconnaissance & Surveillance Helicopter (RSH) programmes, altogether representing a market for over 430 helicopters.

Under the frame of the NUH programme, Airbus Helicopters is offering to set up a Final Assembly Line for manufacturing Panther helicopters in India that will not only serve the needs of the Indian Navy but will also cater to global export markets.

Airbus Helicopters has been leading the domestic, civil and parapublic helicopter market with half of the new registered deliveries since 2010. Currently, there are more than 80 Airbus Helicopters aircraft in use throughout India, including world-leading platforms such as H125, H130, H135 and Dauphin. Pawan Hans, the national helicopter operator, owns the world’s biggest fleet of civil Dauphin helicopters and has logged more than 500,000 flight hours in India.

Airbus Helicopters is also playing an active role in developing new market segments in India such as helicopter emergency medical services, stringing power transmission lines, heli-tourism, search & rescue and homeland security.

Read more about Airbus Helicopters presence in India.

We make it together

Caring for the community

Being a good corporate citizen and giving back to the communities in which we operate is a part of the Airbus culture and is highly valued by our employees. Through our CSR activities here we are trying to positively impact the lives of the people around us.

Pierre de BaussetPresident and MD, Airbus India

Airbus India works with local communities to create shared value in areas such as environmental protection, education and healthcare. 

India Bio-Diversity Programme

Under the aegis of the Airbus Foundation, and in partnership with several global and Indian entities, the Group has helped install around 60 biogas plants in the southeast state of Tamil Nadu. The initiative has helped to protect forests and reduce CO2 emissions.

Swanthana provides day-to-day necessities to support children with special needs

Airbus supports:

  • Swanthana provides day-to-day necessities to support children with special needs.
  • Unnati Foundation enables under-privileged youths to find employment by honing their social skills and providing basic education.
  • The Smile Foundation works in the areas of education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across several states of India. As a part of the foundation’s national-level mobile hospital programme, Airbus India has donated a well-equipped medical van that regularly brings specialised doctors to visit underprivileged communities.
  • WaterAid is an International NGO working towards providing poor communities with clean drinkable water, clean toilets and hygiene education.