Boeing set to capitalise on India’s growing aviation industry
US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has predicted that Indian airlines will order over 2000 aircraft in the next 20 years, with more than 70 per cent expected to be single-aisle aircraft.
With a big leap in air passengers projected, Boeing has identified India as the world’s fastest growing aviation market with the number of air passengers believed to pass the 100 million mark this year. Before June, the Indian aviation industry had gauged an 18.3% growth in domestic passengers.
Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes said: “The increasing number of passengers combined with a strong exchange rate, low fuel prices, and high load factor bodes well for India’s aviation market, especially for the low-cost carriers.”
Captain Hugo Webb has revealed that becoming a pilot has fitted in easily around his family life, because he’s often flying an Airbus A320 with his wife, Hannah. Both admit that flying together helps them to balance their lives as working parents, even taking their children on a few work trips with them.
Mr Webb told The Telegraph: “It certainly helps that we can discuss and understand each other’s jobs… We both appreciate the demands of the flying lifestyle.” The couple are one of a few BA pilots married to each other and find themselves flying together every few months.
Mrs Webb said: “The shift patterns allow us to see our children both during the week and on the weekends.”