Globally, aviation has been among the sectors hit hardest by the outbreak of COVID-19. But the airline industry in India has held up better than many of its global counterparts, feels Jean Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President of aircraft maker Airbus.
"We see the market and traffic in India being more resilient than the rest of the world," he said in an interview to CNBC-TV18.
"We totally believe that there is a need for airline travel in India and this will justify the market to the normal level or even higher to the growth we are planning in the future. So we are super confident and Airbus is dedicated to that growth," he said.
Dumont said Airbus is looking to create more jobs in India.
"There are avenues, with our current design and aircraft, where we think the full design responsibility maybe in India. It is already the case for some parts of aircraft and that is not very well known while the design responsibility is in Bengaluru. Therefore, we intend the development of green aircraft, to allocate some part of the work, in India," he said.
However, said Dumont, there will be changes in aircraft design in view of COVID-19 and so the design of the next aircraft will be thought of differently.For more, watch the video.