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Wings India 2024: India Eyes 30 Crore Air Passengers by 2030, Emerges as Top Aircraft Buyer Globally

Wings India: ‘The number of air passengers will be 30 crore’, Sidhaniya said – We are the biggest aircraft buyer after US-China

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Thursday that the number of domestic air passengers in India could reach 30 crore annually by 2030. The number of air travelers in 2023 was 15.3 crore. Speaking at the inaugural session of the civil aviation conclave and exhibition, Wings India 2024, Scindia said the number of airports and waterdromes in the country will increase to over 200 from the current 149.

India’s aviation penetration will be 10 to 15 percent by 2030

With 30 crore passengers a year in 2030, India’s aviation penetration will be 10 to 15 per cent and the market will remain promising even after that. He said the last decade saw a 15 per cent increase in domestic air passengers, while international air traffic grew by 6.1 per cent.

Domestic cargo increased by 60% in the last 15 years

Over the last 15 years, domestic cargo saw a growth of 60 percent, international was 53 percent. Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation General VK Singh and Telangana Minister K Venkat Reddy also spoke on the occasion. During the event, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia also said that India has emerged as the largest global buyer of aircraft after the United States and China.

Akasa Air orders more than 200 aircraft

Speaking at Wings India 2024, Scindia talked about the orders for the planes placed by Indian companies to Boeing and Airbus. Scindia said that Indigo has placed orders for 500 aircraft, while Air India has also ordered 470 aircraft. He further said that recently launched Akasa Air has also ordered more than 200 aircraft.

Scindia inaugurates Air India’s first Airbus A350-900 aircraft

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday officially inaugurated the country and Air India’s first Airbus A350-900 aircraft during Wings India 2024, Air India said. Air India said that we are proud to lead India’s growing stature in the global aviation sector.

CEO of Air India said – A350 Airbus is the latest generation aircraft.

Air India CEO Campbell Wilson said on the occasion that A350 is the latest generation aircraft of Airbus. It is a highly fuel efficient, extremely low carbon emission aircraft. But more importantly, it is associated with the world leading brand of the new Air India. This is the first aircraft in our fleet to have a new livery. It will be the first aircraft to feature the new interior color scheme and will also feature a brand-new business class with en-suite cubicles, life-like beds and new entertainment systems. This is actually the first initiative of the new Air India. We have been working hard to bring this to India since privatization less than two years ago.

Airbus signs agreement with Tata and Mahindra companies

Expressing its commitment towards Make in India, French aircraft manufacturer Airbus has signed agreements with Indian companies. The company has signed agreements with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) and Mahindra Aerospace Structures Pvt Ltd (MASPL) for procurement of commercial aircraft components. Under the agreement, TASL and MASPL will manufacture metal-based parts, components and assemblies for Airbus’ A320neo, A330neo and A350 aircraft. Both companies are already included in the list of 100 Indian suppliers that provide components, engineering and digital services to Airbus.

Airbus and Air India partner to set up pilot training center

Airbus has partnered with Tata Group-owned Air India to set up a pilot training facility in Gurugram, Haryana. Additionally, the European aviation company has also announced a collaboration with GMR Aero Technic in Hyderabad to offer aircraft maintenance engineering training courses.


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