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Akasa Air To Launch Operations From June, Expects Fleet Size Of 72 In 5 Years: CEO


Akasa Air backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala will launch commercial operations starting June 2022

Hyderabad:

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala -backed airline Akasa Air is set to launch its commercial operations from June, said its CEO Vinay Dube here.

Speaking at an interactive session outside Wings India 2022, Mr Dube on Friday said the airline hoped to have 72 aircraft over the next five years.

“We hope to launch our first commercial flight in June. We are working closely with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) to complete our licensing,” he said while replaying the query.

He further said the airline plans to have 18 aircraft on the ground as part of its fleet within 12 months after launch and then add 12 to 14 annually making it 72 in five years.

“We are very excited and serve some people with warmth and love as well as kindness,” Mr Dube added.

For a start, Akasa Air will have services from the metro to Phase II and III cities. There are also flights from metro to metro so the plane moves around the system, the CEO said earlier.

Mr Dube said the airline was targeting to start overseas flights in the second half of calendar year 2023 when there were 20 aircraft in its fleet.

In October, the airline obtained a certificate of no objection (NOC) for operations from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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