Ready to take off – Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa Air receives its first Boeing aircraft

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  • rakesh Jhunjhunwala‘s Akasa Air has received its first aircraft from Boeing.
  • The plane is set to fly to Delhi early next week, even though the airline has yet to receive its air operator’s license.
  • Akasa Air plans to launch its first domestic flight in July this year.
  • It has ordered a total of 72 aircraft and aims to have 18 aircraft by March 2023.

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Akasa Air announced on Thursday that it has received delivery of its first aircraft, Boeing 737 Max, in Seattle. The airline had shared the first images of its plane a few weeks ago.

Akasa Air has ordered a total of 72 aircraft and aims to have 18 aircraft by March 2023.

“By flying an advanced, eco-friendly 737 MAX fleet with better fuel economy and lower operating costs, Akasa Air can profitably serve the Indian market and pass these savings on to its passengers,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. †

“This is indeed a symbolic milestone in Akasa Air’s journey, bringing us one step closer to the process of obtaining our AOP. [Air Operator Permit] and leading to our commercial launch, focused on the task of realizing our vision of transforming India’s air transport ecosystem, supporting the country’s economic growth engine and helping fellow Indians pursue their dreams,” Vinay Dube, Founder, MD and CEO of Akasa Air, said.

Akasa Air, owned by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, was founded by former Jet Airways chief Dube and former IndiGO president Aditya Ghosh. It has already signed up 154 ​​pilots for the airlines, about 26 of these pilots are already on the company’s payroll. In addition, it also has 115 cabin attendants and 14 engineers applied to join the company.

The company plans to launch its first domestic flight in July this year. It will be eligible for international travel once it has boarded 20 aircraft in its fleet.

Seventh Indian Airline with a Bird in the Sky

Akasa Air becomes India’s seventh airline with IndiGo, Air India, Vistara, SpiceJet, Go Airlines and Jet Airways, which resumed operations in April this year

Akasa Air has yet to appear before the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for a test flight, which is a requirement to obtain an airline’s license. The company received its first declaration of no objection on October 11 and has applied for an Air Operator Permit (AOP).


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