Air India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with RITES Limited (earlier known as Rail India Technical and Economic Service). RITES, a Govt of India enterprise, is a leading international consultancy and project management organization specializing in transport infrastructure service covering railways, airports, highways, ports and harbours etc.
With the signing of the MoU the two companies will cooperate in their future projects, in areas of planning,design and construction management of aircraft maintenance hangars, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), buildings, workshops, administrative buildings, air cargo terminals, etc.. Air India will also seek cooperation in project feasibility report, site investigation and material surveys, environmental impact assessment, preliminary project reports, preliminary cost studies and economic evaluations, surveys and traffic forecasts.
RITES will also help in the preparations of detailed project reports, design of airport pavements, preparation of specifications & schedule of quantities, preparation of contract documents, project management, construction supervision, quality control, procurement, detailed design and cost planning of all engineering & construction works, or any other such projects in the field of aviation, for which RITES has the necessary professional expertise available.
About Air India:
Air India occupies a special place in the global and Indian aviation scenario. It pioneered the aviation in India and its history is synonymous with the history of civil aviation in India. Air India is not a mere airline that transports passengers, baggage and cargo. It is a multi-faceted organization. The aviation infrastructure it has created over the years is a testimony of its contribution. Apart from servicing of all its aircraft in-house with its own engineering facilities, Air India also undertakes ground handling services of many airlines in many cities in India. Air India has grown to become a mega international airline with a network of 34 destinations across the USA, Europe, Far-East and South-East Asia and the Gulf. The airline’s domestic network covers 50 destinations, including far-flung areas of the North-East, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Air India, today, flies one of the youngest, state-of-the-art, fleet of aircraft comprising a mix of the wide-body Boeing B777s, B747s, its latest acquisition- the B787 Dreamliner and the narrow body Airbus A321s, A320s and A319 aircraft.