Aerostructures Assemblies India (AAI), a joint venture between Aequs Aerospace and Saab AB (publ), has baged a contract from Saab Aerostructures to manufacture the structural assembly for the Over Wing Doors (OWD) on the Airbus A321neo programme.

The Over Wing Doors are used for emergency exits. There are four Over Wing Door on the A321Neo aircraft. The structural assembly is comprised of machined aluminum parts which will be assembled by the AAI team in Belagavi in Karnataka and delivered to the Saab Aerostructures assembly line in Linköping, Sweden.

AAI has evolved into a strong supply chain player for producing aerostructures assemblies in India. It has been delivering door plugs for Airbus’ A321neo Cabin Flex configuration since 2017 and produced wing panels and D-nose assemblies for the A380 program since 2014. Besides end products, its capabilities also include development of assembly tools, jigs and fixtures.

With this award, Saab and AAI further cement its strong partnership. Production deliveries will begin at the end of 2019 and ramp up in subsequent years.

The AAI facility is located within the Aequs SEZ, the country’s first Notified Precision Engineering Special Economic Zone (SEZ), at Belagavi. Aequs has been recognised by Airbus as a top Detailed Parts Partner (D2P) since 2016.

The company has vertically integrated multiple stages of the supply chain — from forging and machining, to assembly and surface treatment — at its SEZ spanning 250 acres.

Lars Jensen, Vice President and Managing Director of Saab Aerostructures, said, “It is a great privilege to be able to place this work Package with AAI. It is a result of hard work and joint efforts and we are pleased to both support the growth of the company and Airbus’ position in India with this award.”

Aravind Melligeri, Chairman and CEO of Aequs Group, said, “Our journey with Airbus has come a long way and our enduring partnerships are strengthened by the recognition we have received over the years. This contract, in partnership with Saab, represents another critical element in our support of Airbus. It further establishes our competence in delivering aero structure assemblies to global clients while creating value in the supply chain.”