Rakesh Jhunjhunwala backed Akasa Air gets license to fly

Services are anticipated to begin in late July.

July 08, 2022 1:16 IST | India Infoline News Service

On July 7, Akasa Air said that it had been granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the DGCA, the aviation regulatory agency and that it will soon begin conducting commercial flights.

According to a statement from Akasa Air, receiving the AOC signifies that all regulatory and compliance criteria for the airline's operational preparedness have been satisfactorily met.

The airline successfully completed many proving flights with the help of the DGCA - Directorate General of Civil Aviation towards the end of the procedure, it said.

On June 21, the airline, supported by renowned stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, received its first Boeing 737 max aircraft.

"We are grateful to the DGCA and Civil Aviation Ministry for their excellent efficiency, proactive assistance, and constructive counsel during the AOC process. We now anticipate selling tickets for our flights, which will result in the launch of commercial operations by late July "The founder and CEO of Akasa Air, Vinay Dube, stated.

Akasa Air is the first airline whose end-to-end AOC procedure was carried out utilizing the government's advanced eGCA digital platform, the airline said. This follows the government's goal to usher in a new era of digitization.

The airline claims that it would start its commercial operations with two aircraft later this month and gradually expand its fleet each month.

The airline will have 18 aircraft by the end of the fiscal year 2022–2023 and will thereafter add 12–14 aircraft every 12 months after that. This will complete its order of 72 aircraft, which will be delivered over a five-year period, it added.

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