Chief Executive Officer, Founder, and Managing Director Vinay Dube stated that the newest airline in India, Akasa Air, is prepared to take flight in the month of July and intends to open the booking window as soon as early July.
The airline received the no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in the first half of August 2021 to begin conducting commercial flights. It is sponsored by billionaire businessman Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and former IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh as co-founder.
Air operator certificate to be expected soon
An air operator certificate from the regulating Directorate General of Civil Aviation is expected within the next 15 days, and the Mumbai-based airline is expected to execute its proving flight in a week.
Today, the airline greeted its first aircraft at the airport in Delhi. Akasa Air has made an order for 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, of which 53 are high-capacity Boeing 737 MAX-8-200s and 19 are MAX-8s with 189 seats. Seats with more legroom will be available, and the food selection will be released days before the start.
The sky is endless; just like Team Akasa’s effort has been, to make the arrival of our first aircraft a reality!#ItsYourSky pic.twitter.com/7ifFQUJV1d
— Akasa Air (@AkasaAir) June 23, 2022
Plans to launch International flights
Dubey in one of his interviews said that they have chosen a plane that they believe to be fuel-efficient. He also added that they’ll have the fleet that’s the newest. MAX provides a respectable selection of internationals like the Middle East, East Africa, South East Asia and Indonesia.
The CEO stated that SNV Aviation, a Mumbai-based airline, plans to launch international service in the second half of 2023. Before beginning international flights, an Indian domestic airline is required to have at least 20 aircraft in its fleet.
"The arrival of our first aircraft is a very happy moment for all of us & marks an important milestone, bringing us closer to our vision of building India’s greenest, most dependable, and most affordable airline", Vinay Dube, Founder, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. pic.twitter.com/0JLBHfkYGr
— Akasa Air (@AkasaAir) June 21, 2022