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Boeing is working with suppliers, industry, and leading MROs to help establish India as a regional hub for MRO
Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing for India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
India’s economy has shown remarkable growth in the last three decades, contributing 90 per cent of South Asia’s economic output and ranking among the top growth economies globally pre-pandemic. As the world’s third-largest civil aviation market, India’s fleet is set to nearly quadruple in size by 2041, compared to 2019. The country is also projected to receive over 90 per cent of South Asia’s airplane deliveries, requiring about 2,400 new aircraft, while its cargo market is set to expand significantly, with the fleet growing from 15 to 80 airplanes by 2042, driving a $135 billion demand for commercial services. Boeing’s 2023 Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts demand in South Asia for 37,000 pilots and 38,000 maintenance technicians over the next 20 years to meet industry needs, driven primarily from growing demand in India.
To keep up with this growth, India needs top-notch MRO services, as a large chunk of MRO spending currently goes abroad. India benefits from a skilled workforce, including experienced ex-servicemen, and strong industry capabilities, allowing it to offer cost-effective solutions and meet high customer standards.
HOW BOEING IS HELPING KEEP MRO SPENDING IN INDIA
Boeing India recognises the immense potential for MRO services in the aviation industry, both in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and worldwide. While there is a gap in component and engine maintenance in India’s MRO industry, Boeing is committed to addressing this need and supporting its customers in India. To expedite MRO growth, Boeing is taking several measures.
MAJOR MRO PROJECT: BOEING INDIA REPAIR DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINMENT (BIRDS)
Boeing recently spearheaded a large MRO initiative that is already bearing fruit. In 2021, Boeing launched BIRDS, an in-country network and alliance of suppliers that envisions a competitive MRO ecosystem for engineering, maintenance, skilling, repair and sustainment services of defence and commercial aircraft.
This network aims to drive high industry benchmarks in India for maintenance and repair, platform availability, customer satisfaction, and to enhance quicker turnaround time. An important aspect of the hub is training programs to increase skilled manpower by developing sub-tier suppliers and medium, small, and micro enterprises (MSMEs) to build high-quality MRO capabilities in India. As part of the BIRDS hub:
Additionally, Boeing built an MRO facility in Nagpur, which the company handed over to Air India in 2015.
BOEING AND THE FUTURE OF MRO IN INDIA
Boeing has taken a leadership role in partnering with customers and local industry to set up MRO facilities in the region, while also providing engineering and parts services to directly support regional commercial airline customers. Today, Boeing has the highest number of MRO partners in India, working in both defence and civil aviation. Additionally:
These initiatives collectively reflect Boeing’s commitment to supporting the MRO industry in India and fostering partnerships to strengthen the overall aviation ecosystem in the country.