The airline, a joint venture between India’s Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines Ltd, now has five Airbus A320s in its fleet. It plans to add six aircraft by April, and gradually increase to nine by the end of this year, Vistara CEO Phee Teik Yeoh.
India will buy 38 PC-7 Mark II basic trainers from Pilatus in addition to the 75 aircraft already purchased from the Swiss airframer to meet the need for 181 Basic Trainer Aircraft for Stage I flying training for the Indian air force.
India will soon finalize a platform for developing its indigenous Airborne Warning and Control Systems Aircraft (AWACS), with Airbus Defense and Space apparently emerging as the sole bidder with its A330 widebody aircraft.
Russian Helicopters has delivered 141 Mi-17 V5 helicopters so far, since India ordered 80 Mi-17 V5 helos from Russia in 2008 for about $1.2 billion, followed by an additional order of 71 helos in 2012.
ShinMaywa will probably choose a private local partner to help build the aircraft for the Indian navy, and perhaps make parts for export. Local content is the key issue to be settled before a contract.
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