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Wednesday, Mar 27, 2002
Production of double-decker A-380 aircraft -- Airbus team to visit HAL facility
Dr Kiran Rao, Vice-President, Sales, India & Africa, Airbus Industrie, at a press conference in the Capital on Tuesday.
NEW DELHI, March 26
A TEAM from the European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus Industrie, is to visit the facility of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in April to finalise the Indian company's participation as a sub-contractor in the manufacturing of the double-decker Airbus A-380 aircraft.
"An Airbus team is scheduled to visit HAL in April. However, we cannot say anything on what sub-contracting job will be awarded to HAL just yet," the Airbus Vice-President, Sales, India and Africa, Dr Kiran Rao, said.
HAL has been involved with the Airbus A-320 project, having supplied more than 300 aircraft doors valued at more than $50 million. Dr Rao, however, refused to speculate on the value of the contract that might be bagged by HAL.
Meanwhile, to prevent another incident like what happened on September 11 in the US, Airbus plans to come up with a series of enhanced security systems to make the aircraft safer.
"Airbus is to come up with solutions to further enhance security which will be available in about a month," the Airbus Regional Press Manager, Mr David Velupillai, said.
The solutions being looked at by the aircraft manufacturer can either be purchased from Airbus and be fitted into the aircraft by a third party or form part of the standard aircraft being purchased by an airliner, officials said. Airbus officials refused to mention the price of the solution, preferring to say that the aircraft manufacturer was doing everything possible to keep costs low.
The solutions being examined include having video televisions in the cockpit and in the cabin and strengthening the cockpit door, among others. Commenting on the Indian aviation market, Airbus officials said that the company had put in bids for the fleet acquisition plans of Indian Airlines and was also participating in the Government's decision to purchase VVIP jets to transport the President, the Vice-President and the Prime Minister.
While the Government was said to be keen to purchase three VVIP jets, the exact number of aircraft IA wanted to purchase was not clear just yet, officials indicated.
On the decline in the listed prices of aircraft post-September 11, officials only said that this was a good time to purchase aircraft.
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