The company is also looking at shifting part of its operations out of Europe. “We are planning to build up to 20 per cent of aero structures and 30 per cent of engineering sub-contracting offshore by 2020 and India will get a large chunk of this business,” Scherer said. Airbus has five engineering centres outside Europe — two in the US and one each in Bangalore, Beijing and Russia.
The Bangalore engineering centre began operations in 2007. The centre is already developing advanced capabilities in modelling and simulation, including areas such as flight management systems, aero dynamics and digital simulation with the current workforce of about 100 people. “We would hire about 300 more people over the next four years,” he added.