Airbus Inks Pact With SIDBI For Helicopter Financing

Airplane maker Airbus has announced the signing of an MoU with SIDBI for helicopter financing in India. They will target helicopter operators keen to adopt Airbus helicopters and offer them finance.

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Airbus Helicopters has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for financing the purchase of Airbus’ helicopters in India. SIDBI is the Government of India’s principal financial institution for promoting, financing and developing the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector.

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The signing of the MoU between Airbus and SIDBI

MoU Details

The MoU was signed by Rahul Priyadarshi, Chief General Manager, SIDBI and Sunny Guglani, Head of Airbus Helicopters, India and South Asia. Under the MoU, both Airbus Helicopters and SIDBI will identify potential civil helicopter operators in India who are interested in financing solutions for purchasing Airbus helicopters. Airbus will provide the technical and helicopter industry knowledge to SIDBI who will evaluate these prospects and finance them exclusively for Airbus.


“The MoU with SIDBI opens a new chapter in making civil helicopters more accessible to operators in India, which will further position these rotary wing aircraft as a critical tool for nation building. Combining our unmatched product portfolio and industry expertise with SIDBI’s attractive financing solutions will play a pivotal role in the expansion of the civil helicopter market in India,” said Sunny Guglani, head of Airbus Helicopters, India and South Asia. 

Speaking on the occasion, Rahul Priyadarshi, chief general manager, SIDBI, said, “This a new area for financing to helicopter operators by SIDBI and is expected to open new avenues for financing MSMEs related to this segment.”


This collaboration marks a significant foray of SIDBI into helicopter financing and meeting the financial and development needs of India’s fast-growing rotary wing sector.

Small Industries Development Bank of India was established under an Act of the Parliament in 1990. SIDBI is mandated to serve as the Principal Financial Institution for executing the triple agenda of promotion, financing and development of the MSME sector and coordination of the functions of the various institutions engaged in similar activities.

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