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'A dynamic leadership wants India to grow'

By clinching a deal worth $11 billion from Air India, Boeing bagged its biggest order last year.

The aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners will start delivering the airplanes to Air India by the year-end. The delivery of the 68 aircraft will be complete by 2011-2012.

In India recently, Dr Dinesh A Keskar vice-president, sales, Boeing, who anchored the sale, spoke about the largest order in India's airline history, the 25 per cent growth in Indian air traffic and whether it can be sustained; and how doing business in India had changed for the good.

Over a relaxed breakfast of dosa, idli and masala chai, he spoke to Assistant Managing Editor Archana Masih at the Hyatt Regency in northwest Mumbai, a skip-and-jump away from the city's international airport.

You have been coming to India and working here for the last ten years, how much has doing business in this country changed?

I think it has gotten better. Nothing can be better than selling 68 airplanes to Air India. Also wide bodies to Jet Airways, Spice Jet. It has been a positive thing.

What Dr Keskar told rediff 10 years ago

The other thing that is happened is the dynamic leadership in India. The prime ministers, finance minister, aviation minister... they all want India to grow. They are taking bold steps which some people might say are politically not suited but they know that's what it is going to take for India to grow.

People are demanding better infrastructure and the government is responding to it because the power of the middle class and democracy is very strong.

Photograph: Jewella C Miranda

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