New Delhi: On June 21, Akasa Air, backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, welcomed the arrival of its first of 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi in the presence of its leadership team. Akash Air said in a statement, The airline had received the ceremonial keys for the aircraft in Seattle, the US, on June 15.
— Akasa Air (@AkasaAir) June 21, 2022
This is the first delivery out of the 72 Boeing 737 MAX planes that Akasa Air placed an order with Boeing last November. “The delivery of Akasa Air’s first aircraft brings the airline closer to obtaining its Air Operator’s Permit (AOP), which is required for it to launch commercial operations in the country, it said.
The airline said in a statement, “Akasa Air today, welcomed the arrival of the first of its 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, in the presence of its leadership team.” Commenting on the successful delivery of first aircraft, Vinay Dube, Founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air said, “The arrival of our first aircraft is a very happy moment for all of us and marks an important milestone, bringing us closer to our vision of building India’s greenest, most dependable,and most affordable airline. This is not just a significant milestone for us and Indian aviation, but it’s the story of a new India.”
Boeing India president Salil Gupte said that Boeing is proud to partner with Akasa Air as they embark on their journey towards making air travel inclusive and affordable for all. He futher said “India is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and offers enormous growth and productivity opportunities for the aviation industry. We are excited that the advanced 737 MAX will help Akasa Air drive efficiencies in business and operations while providing its customers with a superior flying experience.”