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HAL seeks new orders for doors from Airbus

The defence PSU is celebrating silver jubilee of its partnership with European aircraft major

BS Reporter  |  Bengaluru 

Water drops are pictured on an umbrella with Airbus logo during a protest in front of the Airbus facility in the northern German town of Varel

Public sector defence undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which is celebrating 25 years of its partnership with Airbus, today made further pitch for new orders from the European aircraft major.

After receiving a certification of appreciation from Airbus for supplying high quality door frames at Aero India, here today, HAL Chairman T Suvarna Raju, said: “HAL is prepared to take up further orders for the production of Single Aisle (SA) forward passenger doors from Airbus.”

HAL has steadily grown its association with Airbus from supplying just two doors per month in 1990 to 24 ship sets per month presently, he said.

Till now, HAL has delivered over 2,500 ship sets of Single Aisle (SA) forward passenger doors to Airbus, Raju said and added that HAL and Airbus had started the business in 1990 by signing a contract for supply of 600 ship sets of doors.

HAL remains one of the major suppliers to Airbus and its manufactured door is fitted on every alternate Single Aisle (SA) aircraft and one HAL door is in operation every five seconds, globally, HAL said in a statement.

Srinivasan Dwarakanath, CEO, Airbus India handed over a certificate of appreciation to Raju.

The components of the door include NC machined beams and cross members which are joined to build the box type structure. The HAL Aircraft Division has established a direct link with Airbus to access the necessary data for the purpose of customization. The customized doors are directly delivered to the Airbus’ final assembly line at Saint-Nazaire, France.

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First Published: Fri, February 20 2015. 14:07 IST
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