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NEW DELHI: US aerospace major Boeing will invest about Rs 200 crore on setting up a logistics centre in India that will stock spares for its customer airlines to begin with. 

The aim is to ensure expeditious delivery of spares to commercial airlines and then subsequently cater to defence aircraft too,Boeing India president Salil Gupte told TOI.

The move comes just ahead of Air India's expected mega firm order for 220 Boeing planes - 190 single aisle B737 Max, 20 B787 Dreamliners and 10 B777X - which will come with options for a large number of additional aircraft that Tata Group can convert to firm order at a subsequent date without long delivery periods.

We have not yet decided on the location of proposed India logistics centre. To begin with it will cater to our commercial airline and as a distribution centre for our industrial customers. We will be housing spare parts in this centre as per customer requirements so that they can get the same expeditiously. This will significantly reduce the time aircraft need to be on ground awaiting spares. Later on we will keep spares for military aircraft at this centre," Gupte said.

Meanwhile, in a statement on Monday, Boeing said it has launched its first global support centre (GSC) in India "to continue supporting the development of the aviation ecosystem in the country.

The Gurgaon-based GSC will deliver customised operational efficiency and safety improvement projects for Boeing’s airline customers, civil aviation regulatory bodies and other industry stakeholders.

“With India continuing to see an unprecedented surge in civil aviation traffic, Boeing is committed to innovating and bringing value to modernize the Indian aviation ecosystem,” said Gupte, adding, the GSC "will provide a platform to enable knowledge transfer for enhancing safety and increasing operational efficiency for Boeing’s airline partners in the country."

The GSC, Boeing says, will conduct technical workshops and projects to support aircraft reliability, enhance airplane performance, and encourage the adoption of airplane health management systems.