The close relationship between Boeing and India goes back approximately 70 years, when Tata Airlines flew DC-3s. India entered the jet age on the wings of Boeing commercial jetliners. Boeing jets continue to be the mainstay of the country’s domestic and intercontinental commercial fleets.

New opportunities for partnership have emerged in the area of defense, Indian industry and technology. In January 2009, the government of India selected the P-8I to fulfill its long-range maritime reconnaissance and antisubmarine requirements. In March 2009, Boeing opened the Boeing Research & Technology center in Bangalore to advance aerospace innovation. Recently, in June 2011, India’s Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.

In addition, Boeing is focused on creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector. The company has developed important relationships with suppliers in India and is actively pursuing technical and business partnerships with Indian companies and institutions. Boeing is uniquely positioned for growth in the burgeoning aircraft services and support market.

Boeing established a wholly owned Indian subsidiary, Boeing International Corporation India Private Limited (BICIPL), in 2003 to support the growing demands of India’s aerospace industry. Boeing also has an office in Bangalore and Field Service offices in Mumbai and New Delhi. In 2008, Boeing subsidiary Aviall established its presence in India and has opened India’s first aircraft parts distribution center in Noida near New Delhi. Another Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen, a provider of flight navigation solutions, has established its presence in Hyderabad. Another Boeing subsidiary, CDG, is expanding in the country.

History of Boeing in India

  • 1923: As part of Douglas Aircraft Company’s (now Boeing) historic flight around the world, three Douglas World cruisers reach Calcutta
  • 1929: TATA Airlines established by J.R.D. Tata
  • 1932: J.R.D. Tata flies from Karachi to Ahmedabad via Mumbai in a single-engine de Havilland (now Boeing) Puss Moth
  • 1941: The Government of India lends a Douglas aircraft (now Boeing) to Tata Airlines for the Karachi to Baghdad route
  • 1944: Tata Airlines flies weekly Bombay to Colombo using Douglas (now Boeing) DC-3s
  • 1945: Tata Airlines purchases / leases Douglas DC-3s
  • 1946: Tata Airlines converted into a public company under the name of Air India
  • 1953: Air India nationalized and two autonomous corporations created – Indian Airlines and Air India
  • 1955: Indian Airlines replaces Douglas (now Boeing) DC-3s with DC-4s
  • 1960: Air India receives delivery of Boeing 707-437s  
  • 1967: Air India places orders for Boeing 747-100s
  • 1970: Indian Airlines receives delivery of Boeing 737s
  • 1971: Air India receives delivery of Boeing 747-200s
  • 1988: Air India receives delivery of Boeing 747-300s
  • 1991: HAL becomes single-source producer of Boeing 757 over-wing exit doors
  • 1993: Air India receives delivery of Boeing 747-400s  
  • 1995: Boeing initiates R&D collaboration with National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)
  • 1997: Boeing initiates partnerships with leading Indian firms in Engineering and Information Technology
  • 2003: Boeing establishes a wholly owned subsidiary in India – Boeing International Corporation India Private Limited (BICIPL)
  • 2005: Air India orders for 68 Boeing aircrafts – largest valued single order in commercial aviation history.
  • 2005: Private airlines in India place orders totaling 70 Boeing aircraft between 2005 to 2007: Spice Jet, Jet Airways  
  • 2005: Boeing formedits partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, to conduct research in aerospace material, structures, and manufacturing technologies
  • 2007: Boeing and HAL sign MoU to produce parts for commercial and military aircraft
  • 2008: Boeing establishes Aerospace Network Research Consortium (ANRC) in partnership with IISc, Wipro and HCL
  • 2008: Boeing Day held at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), November 4
  • 2008: Boeing establishes Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Kharagpur as focus universities
  • 2008: Indian Air Force receives delivery of Boeing 737 VVIP aircraft
  • 2009: Indian Navy places orders for eight Boeing P-8I Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance aircraft
  • 31 March 2009: Boeing Research & Technology-India established in Bengaluru, India
  • June 2011: India’s Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.
  • Sept. 2012: Boeing delivers Air India’s first 787 Dreamliner
  • 2013: Arrival of the first Boeing P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft in India
  • 2013: Arrival of the first C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft in India