Airbus has inked a contract with Indian conglomerate GMR Group for the training of new aircraft engineers.

Under the agreement, GMR, an infrastructure developer which operates a number of Indian airports, will provide a fully-integrated aircraft maintenance engineer licensing programme in its Hyderabad training academy.

GMR Aero Technic

Source: GMR Group

Airbus will provide “necessary software and courseware in the form of trainee handbooks, examination database, online access of Airbus customised basic training modules and Airbus Competence Training for Academy media package which is the technical training material required for the courses”, the airframer states.

The four-year course will comprise two years of classroom training, and another two years of MRO and aircraft type training at GMR Aero Technic, which is also located in Hyderabad.

The agreement comes as travel recovers following two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Airbus’ projections indicate India to require 45,000 new aircraft technicians over the next 20 years.

GMR chief Ashok Gopinath says: “To cater to the emerging demand and support the industry, there is a need for skilled professionals. The GMR School of Aviation will help create a talent pool for engineering and maintenance solutions. We are glad to have Airbus as our knowledge partner in this venture, that will also further the cause of ‘Mission Skill India’.”