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Akasa Air commences commercial operations

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 07 Aug 2022, 05:22 pm

Mumbai: Akasa Air on Sunday started its commercial operations with its first flight taking off from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, bound for Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.

The maiden flight took off from Mumbai at 1005 hrs with a scheduled arrival at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at 1125 hrs.

As a symbolic gesture to mark the occasion during the ceremony, Akasa Air’s boarding pass was handed over to Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation General V K Singh.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Rajiv Bansal and Joint Secretary(J), Ministry of Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee were present on the occasion.

Vinay Dube, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air, said “Today marks a significant milestone in Akasa Air’s journey as we successfully commence our commercial operations with our maiden flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. This is not just a testament to the women and men of Akasa that have made this day possible, but also a testament of India’s ongoing economic transformation and that of the country’s rapidly progressing civil aviation landscape.'

'The Akasa story is aligned with the nation’s journey towards making air travel affordable through PM Modi-ji’s clarion call – Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik. We want to serve our country by creating strong transportation links which are the underpinning of any economic growth engine,” he said.

Starting today, Akasa Air will offer weekly flights between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Progressively adding cities and routes to its network, the airline has already announced a total of five routes along five cities, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Bengaluru and Chennai.

With a fleet induction plan of two 737 MAX aircraft each month, the airline is looking to establish a strong pan-India presence, with a focus on metro to tier 2 & 3 route connectivity. The fleet size will be raised to 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023 and over the next four years, the airline will add 54 aircraft, taking its total fleet size to 72, a statement from the airline said.

(With UNI inputs)