Boeing Invests Big In India's Sky: Commits $100M For Pilot Training

Boeing, one of the world’s top aerospace companies, is betting big on India’s aviation industry. It’s investing $100 million (₹820 crore) in infrastructure and pilot training programmes, aiming to cater to India’s increasing need for qualified pilots.

What Happened? Per a CNBC TV-18 report, over the next 20 years, the country will need roughly 31,000 new pilots, and Boeing aims to help fill this gap.

This investment underscores India’s growing role in the global aviation market. A growing middle class and a surge in air travel demand have driven impressive growth in India’s aviation sector.

Boeing has built a high-tech facility for maintaining and repairing C-17 aircraft, which will boost its support to the Indian Air Force’s C-17 fleet. It has also set up a new parts logistics centre in India to streamline the supply chain and deliver vital parts quickly.

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The recent deal between Air India and Boeing for over 200 American-made aircraft strengthens the ties between India and the US, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden during their joint address at the White House. The deal boosts India’s civil aviation sector and sustains more than a million jobs across 44 US states.

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Boeing’s focus has been on fostering growth in the Indian aviation ecosystem through projects like pilot training programs and aerospace research.

This commitment aligns with India’s broader vision of becoming a global aviation hub, powered by progressive policies, infrastructure development, and an emphasis on skill development.

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