Akasa Air, India’s newest airline, has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC), enabling it to open flights for sale and leading to the start of commercial operations.

Akasa Air, whose airline code is QP, received its first 737 MAX on June 21, 2022. Later this month, the airline will commence commercial operations with two aircraft, subsequently adding to its fleet, every month.

By the end of the fiscal year 2022-23, the airline will have inducted 18 aircraft and thereafter 12-14 aircraft every 12 months, which will make up its order of 72 delivered over five years.

Start of commercial operations

Commenting on the milestone, Vinay Dube, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Akasa Air, said: “We are extremely thankful to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for their constructive guidance, active support and the highest levels of efficiency throughout the AOC process.

“We now look forward to opening our flights for sale, leading to the start of commercial operations by late July. This will begin our journey towards building India’s greenest, most dependable, and most affordable airline.”

‘Vibrant and resilient India’

He added: “We also want to take this moment to thank and acknowledge the collective contributions of our employees and partners whose commitment, perseverance, optimism, meticulous planning and exemplary teamwork have helped achieve this milestone.

“This is not just a significant milestone for Akasa Air and Indian aviation, but also a testimony to the story of a vibrant and resilient India.”

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