Hyderabad. Over 70 years ago, Tata Airlines flew the DC-3 aircraft in India, and since then, the 747, 777, 737 and game-changing 787 Dreamliner airplanes have made Boeing the mainstay of India’s civil aviation sector with airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways and SpiceJet.
Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen — a provider of flight navigation solutions — is well established in Hyderabad. Two other Boeing subsidiaries, Narus in Bangalore and Continental DataGraphics in Chennai, are also expanding their footprint in the country.
Today, as Boeing’s partnership with India is expanding to meet the country’s larger aerospace and defense requirements, it is also creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector.
Air India has been a Boeing Commercial Airplanes customer since 1960, when it acquired its first 707 jetliner. In 2006, Air India signed a contract for 68 Boeing jets, the single largest commercial airplane order in Indian civil aviation history.
The Dreamliner has helped Air India launch new routes to international destinations. Jet Airways, a Boeing customer since the early 1990s, operates 737s and 777s on its domestic and international routes. In 2010, SpiceJet ordered 30 Boeing Next-Generation 737s. To add to the growth of existing fleets, 18 737s were delivered to SpiceJet and Jet Airways in 2013.
Additionally, the Indian Ministry of Defense operates four 737-200s and three 737 Boeing Business Jets. Boeing is committed to offering airplanes and services that deliver superior design, efficiency, passenger comfort and value to its customers in India.
Catalyzing the development of an indigenous aerospace and defense ecosystem is a central part of Boeing’s strategy in India. Boeing’s industrial partnership program is focused towards identifying and engaging with companies in India for supporting aerospace and defense programs across the Boeing enterprise.
With a view to capitalizing on India’s competencies, Boeing is collaborating with Indian partners to build capability that will be globally competitive. These industrial partners and suppliers are raising their bar to deliver world-class quality by assimilating best practices and driving efficiency and productivity and are becoming an important part of the company’s worldwide supply chain for some of the most advanced aircraft in the world.
Since 1997, Boeing has worked with India’s premier software development companies — including HCL, Infosys, Wipro and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) — on many information technology projects, including systems reengineering and development, web enabling, e-business applications and long-term application maintenance.
In 2005, Boeing began working with engineers from Infosys and TCS on a variety of knowledge-based engineering and data analysis projects. It has also contracted for engineering services with TCS and Infosys to support aircraft design activity.
Boeing’s relationship with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) began in 1991, when HAL became the single-source producer of 757 overwing exit doors. HAL has manufactured the 777 uplock boxes, 777 flaperons, F/A-18 gun bay doors, F/A-18 wire harnesses, P-8I weapons bay doors, P-8I tailcones and P-8I identification friend-or-foe transponders.
Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has delivered the Indian-designed Data Link II for the P-8I, a communications system that will enable exchange of tactical data and messages between the Indian Navy aircraft, ships and shore establishments. BEL has also delivered the identification friend-or-foe interrogator, a battle management system that will enable P-8I aircraft to distinguish friendly aircraft and forces.
BEL is also on contract to provide F/A-18 flight deck cockpit panels and has already started deliveries.
Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL) provides the Speech Secrecy Systems for the P-8I. In addition to defense public sector undertakings, India’s well-reputed private companies play a large role in Boeing industrial strategy. Dynamatic Technologies and Tata Advanced Materials Limited (TAML) have already delivered P-8I power and mission equipment cabinets, and TAML is on contract to provide P-8I auxiliary power unit door fairings.
Dynamatic Technologies is on contract to manufacture the aft pylon and cargo ramp assemblies for Boeing’s CH-47F Chinook. Avantel delivers the mobile satellite systems for the P 8I. Maini and TAL Manufacturing Solutions are on contract to provide C-17 ground support equipment.
Hyderabad-based Infotech Enterprises, which provides engineering solutions, was one among 16 global suppliers honored by Boeing as a 2012 Supplier of the Year winner. Infotech was selected from a pool of more than 17,500 Boeing suppliers in more than 50 countries. Infotech has supported a number a significant and critical Boeing Commercial Airplanes projects, currently providing design and stress support on the 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental and the 787-8 and 787-9.
Boeing is also looking at ways to partner with small and medium-sized enterprises throughout India. Beyond direct work placement, Boeing collaborates with Indian industrial partners on lean manufacturing techniques, Boeing program management and supplier management best practices, and specialized trainings as part of its drive to bring the best of Boeing to India and the best of India to Boeing.
Boeing has had a long-standing R&D presence in India since 1995, when collaborative research in aerodynamics was established with the National Aerospace Labs (NAL) in Bangalore. This has developed into a series of projects in aerodynamics and advanced analysis methods at NAL, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.
In 2005, Boeing entered into a strategic research partnership with IISc Bangalore. The Boeing-IISc partnership focuses on research in materials sciences in areas such as structural alloys, smart materials and structures, process modeling and simulation. This helps to spur aerospace innovation and contributes to the advancement of Boeing aircraft design capabilities.
IISc is one of only 10 universities worldwide that has such a special relationship with Boeing.
The Aerospace Network Research Consortium (ANRC) was set up in 2008 with the IISc and industry partners HCL Technologies and Wipro. This open collaboration forum conducts research and co-development in technologies related to aerospace networks. This involves regular interaction between researchers in India and Boeing experts in the United States and has resulted in several doctorate theses and a large number of research reports and innovations.
In 2009, Boeing further expanded its R&D footprint in India by establishing the Boeing Research & Technology India Center, an Indian counterpart of Boeing’s Research & Technology organization in the United States. The India facility conducts research in areas such as flight sciences, materials and processes, structures and software with Indian research partners in academia, research labs and industry to address future technical challenges in aerospace. In addition to core research activities, Boeing has established a Boeing Test & Evaluation Center of Excellence at HCL Technologies in Chennai. Boeing is also working with Infotech in Hyderabad on structural engineering analysis, design and related activities.
In 2011, Boeing signed an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to establish a center to promote aerospace manufacturing capabilities in India. A consortium model was adopted with Boeing, DST and IIT Bombay joining hands as the founding partners to create the National Centre for Aerospace Innovation and Research (NCAIR). This center, located on the campus of IIT Bombay, enables Indian and multinational organizations (such as NAL, HAL, Godrej, DMG, MORI SEIKI, Sandvik Coromant and Delcam) to collaborate and advance aerospace manufacturing in India.
Also based in Bangalore, the Boeing Strategic Development & Experimentation (SD&E) Center provides defense experimentation and decision-support services to understand the future needs of the Indian armed forces. The center is staffed with modeling and simulation engineers. The Boeing team also works with personnel from the Defence Research & Development Organisation and the armed forces.
As a responsible business leader, Boeing is committed to improving the quality of life for the communities where it operates. The company will continue to support various health and human services in India.
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