Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, Ratan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, N. Chandrasekaran, the Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons, Campbell Wilson, the CEO of Air India, and Guillaume Faury, the CEO of Airbus joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video conference on Tuesday to mark the launch of a partnership between Air India and Airbus.
A contract between Air India and Airbus calls for the delivery of 250 aircraft, including 40 widebody A350s and 210 single-aisle A320neos to Air India. According to a press release from the PMO, this commercial partnership between these two aviation industry leaders demonstrates the strength of the India-France Strategic Partnership, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
In his address, the PM Modi emphasised how India’s civil aviation market is rapidly expanding and growing. This will boost connection between India and the rest of the world, which would in turn promote tourism and business in the country.
In addition to praising the significant presence of French companies in India, the Prime Minister brought up the recent decision by SAFRAN, a French aerospace engine manufacturer, to establish its largest MRO facility there in order to service aircraft engines for both Indian and foreign carriers.
The Prime Minister thanked President Macron for helping to advance the relationship between France and India and expressed excitement about working with him during India’s G20 Presidency.