IN­TER­VIEW

SP's Airbuz - - Table of Contents - Salil Gupte Pres­i­dent Boe­ing In­dia Dar­ren Hulst, Sr. Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mar­ket Anal­y­sis & Sales Sup­port, Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes

Jayant Baran­wal, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief, SP’s AirBuz speaks to Salil Gupte, Pres­i­dent Boe­ing In­dia, and Dar­ren Hulst, Sr. Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mar­ket Anal­y­sis & Sales Sup­port, Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes at the un­veil­ing of Boe­ing’s “2019 In­dia Com­mer­cial Mar­ket Out­look”

Jayant Baran­wal (Baran­wal): How is Boe­ing con­nected with the ‘Make in In­dia’ story?

Salil Gupte (Gupte): Boe­ing is a proud part­ner of ‘Make in In­dia’. We are do­ing aero­nau­ti­cal de­vel­op­ment for com­mer­cial and de­fence air­planes and in­no­vat­ing through our engi­neer­ing cen­tres in Ben­galuru with our 3,000 strong work-force. We are also ro­bust on man­u­fac­tur­ing, we have part­nered with Tatas in Nag­pur for man­u­fac­tur­ing the ad­vanced com­pos­ite floor beams for Boe­ing 787. The floor beam is crit­i­cal to the struc­ture of the 787 air­plane, it is a part of ex­tremely com­plex man­u­fac­tur­ing and very crit­i­cal to one of the most ad­vance air­planes in the world. Over 25,000 floor beams have been man­u­fac­tured in the past decade.

Baran­wal: Do you fore­see the in­te­gra­tion and ex­e­cu­tion of the en­tire air­frame, as part of ‘Make in In­dia’ in near fu­ture? Gupte: There’s no roadmap to shift air­frame as­sem­bly out­side of the United States. But, on the de­fence side, I want to share the ex­am­ple of Apache. The en­tire fuse­lage of Apache is man­u­fac­tured in In­dia, ex­cept the en­gine sys­tems, en­gine trans­mis­sion and weapon sys­tems. The en­tire main part of the air­craft is Make-in-In­dia and it is not just for In­dia, but over the next cou­ple of years, it will be made in In­dia for the en­tire world. On the com­mer­cial side of the air­craft, we are fo­cused on the crit­i­cal parts of the air­craft.

Baran­wal: How does Boe­ing per­ceive the Un­manned Taxi Ser­vice de­vel­op­ment?

Dar­ren Hulst (Hulst): We are work­ing on ev­ery sort of fu­ture tech­nol­ogy, whether it is su­per­sonic or ur­ban mo­bil­ity or any other fu­tur­is­tic mo­bil­ity. We are look­ing at po­ten­tial mo­bil­ity and how com­ple­ment­ing, it can be, to the ex­ist­ing air trans­port sys­tem. We are also look­ing at the evo­lu­tion of the feeder net­work in the short-haul do­mes­tic mar­ket and how it can in­te­grate and work with the manned and un­manned air taxis.

Baran­wal: You men­tioned su­per­sonic, is Boe­ing en­gaged in that de­vel­op­ment?

Hulst: We are in­vest­ing in tech­nol­ogy and part­ner­ing in the mar­ket place with those who are in­ves­ti­gat­ing how we can po­ten­tially make it a com­mer­cial re­al­ity.

“WE ARE WORK­ING ON EV­ERY SORT OF FU­TURE TECH­NOL­OGY, WHETHER IT IS SU­PER­SONIC OR UR­BAN MO­BIL­ITY OR ANY FU­TUR­IS­TIC MO­BIL­ITY” —DAR­REN HULST, SE­NIOR

MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR, MAR­KET ANAL­Y­SIS & SALES SUP­PORT, BOE­ING COM­MER­CIAL AIR­PLANES

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