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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air takes off its maiden flight on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: India’s biggest tycoon Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air, India’s brand new airline, today took its maiden flight on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route as it resumed operations. It was inaugurated by Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia along with MoS Gen Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd). Ticket booking for this flight and its other commercial flights started from July 22. Its initial network is in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kochi.

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In the inaugural phase, Akasa Air, whose airline code is QP, will start its operations from August 7, 2022 by offering 28 weekly flights between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Thereafter, from August 13, the airline will start operating an additional 28 weekly flights. Bangalore and Kochi. Tickets are open for sale with immediate effect for all.

“We are extremely excited to finally be able to offer up our flights for sale. We are also excited to reveal our product which promises to be unlike anything experienced in the category thus far. With Akasa employees providing warm and efficient customer service, a reliable and dependable network, and affordable fares – we look forward to serving our customers with a flying experience that I am sure they will find delightful”, Vinay Dube, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air, had said.

Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Akasa Air, said, “Akasa Air’s network strategy is focused on establishing a strong pan-India presence and providing connectivity to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities by metro across the country.”

In July, ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed airline received an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation Regulatory (DGCA).

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The grant of AOC is the final stage of a comprehensive and rigorous process laid down by DGCA and signifies satisfactory fulfillment of all regulatory and compliance requirements for operational readiness of the airline.

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