Indian airline companies will be deploying around 50-60 Airbus A380 aircraft, world’s largest passenger jet, in the span of next 20 years which will in turn result in business of over $15 billion for Airbus, the Europe-based aircraft manufacturing giant.
“There is tremendous potential for the use of A380 by Indian airlines since traffic here is growing much faster than other parts of the world. Due to strong economic growth, air traffic in India is expected to double in 10 years while it will take 15 years for many other markets.” said Kiran Rao, vice-president-in-charge of marketing at Airbus and head of India operations.
Among the Indian airlines, Kingfisher is the only carrier to have ordered an A380 aircraft and its delivery to the UB Group airline is scheduled for 2015-16. Various other carriers, including Air India, are now said to be exploring the option of acquiring the A380.
At present, 31 A380s are flying across the globe and Airbus has firm orders for 200 more. “Six million passengers have already flown the aircraft and we expect strong demand for it since its cabin provides scope for offering enhanced comfort to passengers. Apart from quiet flights, airlines can also offer better seats, in-flight entertainment, internet and mail services,” Mr Rao added.