Boeing Inaugurates First India Distribution Centre, Partners with DB Schenker for Seamless Operations

Boeing, a global aviation giant, has officially inaugurated its Boeing India Distribution Centre in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh, marking a significant stride in its commitment to the thriving Indian aviation market. This 36,000-square-foot state-of-the-art parts warehouse is poised to play a pivotal role in supporting regional aviation customers, emphasizing Boeing’s dedication to providing efficient, cost-effective, and local solutions.

Front row (L-R):
Ben Funston, vice president, Supply Chain Execution, Boeing Global Services
Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India
Second row (L-R):
Roland Schmid, regional vice president, Customer Support, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Manisha Desai, vice president & general manager, Commercial Spares & Managed Parts, Boeing Global Services
Ryan Weir, vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Ashwani Bhargava, senior director, Supply Chain Management, Boeing India

Salil Gupte, President of Boeing India, underscores the strategic importance of the centre, stating, “The Boeing India Distribution Centre illustrates Boeing’s commitment to supporting the growth of this market, aligned with the Government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat vision.” The facility aims to address emergency needs for spare parts for Boeing aircraft in India, reducing lead times, enhancing availability, and bolstering the region’s Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) industry.

Strategically positioned along India’s Eastern Freight Corridor, with proximity to both Delhi and the upcoming Jewar airport, this distribution centre reaffirms Boeing’s dedication to supporting growth and self-reliance objectives in India. The warehouse, operating in collaboration with DB Schenker, a leading logistics provider, prioritizes innovation, safety, and sustainability.

William Ampofo, Vice President of Parts & Distribution Services and Supply Chain at Boeing Global Services, emphasizes the broader strategy, stating, “The India Distribution Centre represents another significant step forward in Boeing’s strategy to provide parts and services when and where customers need them.” This facility is one of eight distribution centres globally specifically catering to Boeing’s commercial customers.

From L-R:
Kinjal Pande, Chief Executive Officer, DB Schenker, Cluster India and Indian Subcontinent
Kevin McMurtrie, Chief Commercial Officer, APAC, DB Schenker
Roland Schmid, regional vice president, Customer Support, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Ryan Weir, vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Manisha Desai, vice president & general manager, Commercial Spares & Managed Parts, Boeing Global Services
Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India
Ben Funston, vice president, Supply Chain Execution, Boeing Global Services

Collaborating with DB Schenker adds another layer of operational excellence to Boeing’s distribution network. Kinjal Pande, CEO at DB Schenker, Cluster India, and Indian Subcontinent, expresses excitement about the partnership, stating, “We’re excited to collaborate with Boeing on constructing an advanced aviation-focused facility in India.” The collaboration reflects DB Schenker’s commitment to expanding its local presence and tailoring services to meet the diverse needs of India’s growing aviation industry.

This initiative follows Boeing’s series of substantial investments in India, including partnerships with GMR Aero Technic for a Boeing Converted Freighter line in Hyderabad and the establishment of a Global Support Centre in Gurgaon. Boeing’s commitment extends further with a $100 million investment in infrastructure and pilot training programs, aligning with India’s anticipated demand for pilots in the coming two decades.

In summary, Boeing’s new India Distribution Centre, in collaboration with DB Schenker, not only signifies a strategic move to enhance customer service but also reinforces Boeing’s commitment to fostering the growth of the civil aviation industry in India. The development aligns seamlessly with the Government’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, positioning Boeing as a key contributor to the nation’s aviation landscape.

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