The aerospace wing of Mahindra and Mahindra is speculating on selling aircrafts in India, built by its Australian division. If Mahindra meets the desired sales numbers, the company will then consider building the aircrafts in the country.
S.P. Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Aerospace Private Limited said that after Mahindra starts selling the aircrafts in India, they will also look into manufacturing it in India. As some parts of the aircraft are already being manufactured in Bangalore and supplied to Melbourne's manufacturing facility.
Back in 2008, Mahindra had acquired Australia's GrippsAero, which manufactures 8-seater GA8 Airvan aircraft, close to Melbourne. 220 examples of this aircraft are operating in 30 countries.
A government official, who is aware about this matter said that GrippsAero's Airvan is designed for single pilot operation. But the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) states that aircrafts above 1500kg must be equipped with two pilots for commercial flights. So, Mahindra has to redesign the cockpit and re-certify the aircrafts if it wants to sell them in India.
Mahindra is also developing a ten seater aircraft called as Airvan 10. The Airvan 8 is a single engine aircraft, but most of the major airways in India use aircrafts with twin engine for domestic flights. For now, this new venture by Mahindra looks promising, but there are more hurdles to overcome.