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Akasa Air gets an airline license from DGCA, to start services in July – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air on Thursday got the air operator certificate (AOC or licence) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and will begin flying by the month-end.
The low cost carrier backed by Indian aviation veterans like Vinay Dube and Aditya Ghosh will soon have two Boeing 737 MAX and then begin commercial operations.
“We are extremely thankful to the ministry of civil aviation and the 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,” Akasa founder-CEO Vinay Dube said.
The grant of AOC is the final step for an airline’s launch. The process concluded with the airline successfully conducting a number of proving flights to show its operational readiness.
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.


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