Ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-owned Akasa Air, India’s newest airline will begin its flight commercial operations from tomorrow, on August 7, 2022. Akasa Air is a low cost airline and will start the flight ops on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route starting tomorrow, followed by operations in other cities including Kochi, Bengaluru and Chennai in a staggered manner. Akasa Air will deploy Boeing 737 MAX aircraft of the routes, the first unit of which it received in June this year. The airline placed an order for 73 MAX aircraft earlier at the Dubai Airshow and will receive planes over the time. The company received its final certificate called the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). We decode what exactly is Akasa Air and what new does it bring to the table?
Akasa Air will operate its maiden flight on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route and has started to accept bookings for the tickets. Apart from these two cities, Akasa Air will also start operations to Bengaluru and Kochi from August 13 and will operate 24 weekly flights connecting these locations. Apart from these 4 locations, Akasa Air recently announced Chennai as the fifth destination in its network and will commence daily flights between Chennai and Mumbai from September 15, 2022.
In addition to this, the airline has also added a new route between Ahmedabad and Bengaluru, which will commence from August 23, 2022. Akasa Air had also announced its daily direct flights between Bengaluru and Mumbai starting August 19, 2022.
Akasa Air unveiled the first look of its airline crew uniform a few days ago, becoming the first Indian airline to introduce custom trousers, jackets, and sneakers for its in-flight crew. The fabric for the trouser and jacket has been specially designed for Akasa Air, using recycled polyester fabric made from pet bottle plastic salvaged from marine waste. The uniform fit focuses on providing the most stretch possible to ensure employees’ comfort during their hectic flight schedules.
The Café Akasa will serve a wide choice fusion meal, farm-inspired and plant-based offerings, varied menu options like pasta, Vietnamese rice rolls, hot chocolate and a year-round festival menu inspired by Indian cuisines and celebrations. Akasa Air’s packaging of perishable meals is ethically sourced from sustainably grown crops. Here’s an example of some of the menu items on their flights:
Middle Eastern Cuisine – Falafel platter
Vietnamese Cuisine – Rice paper roll
Continental – Bagels, Burgers and Sandwiches
Indian – Kathi Roll (Veg+ Non Veg)
Salads – Insta friendly Salad
Desserts – Pie, Cakes and Puddings
Akasa Air: Code
Akasa Air recently received its code from DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) and will be called ‘QP’. Akasa Air is the newest airline in India, unlike Jet Airways that will start India operations again with 9W code.
Akasa Air ordered 72 Boeing 737 Max aircraft at the Dubai Air Show last year, with the first 18 scheduled to arrive by March 2023 and the remaining 54 scheduled to arrive during the ensuing four years. The airline recently welcomed its first 737 MAX at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi from Boeing’s Seattle based facility. Earlier Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer mentioned that Airbus is in conversation with Akasa for an aircraft procurement deal.
Akasa Air: Livery
The Boeing 737 Max planes will be wearing the brand’s Orange and Purple coloured livery, a new for the Indian market.
Akasa Air: Founders
Akasa Air is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, who is the co-founder of the newest airline and owns 40% of the company. Ex-Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube will be the CEO of Akasa Air with a 15 per cent stake. The brand is also looking to hire other industry leaders at the top spot before beginning of the operations.