Akasa Air will soon join the ranks of other airlines in India by taking its first commercial flight in a couple of weeks. The airline, which was a mere idea not too long ago, has impressed everyone with its swift rise and will soon take to the skies carrying paying passengers.
First flight in August
Indian startup airline Akasa Air announced on July 22nd that it has started selling tickets for its inaugural flight on August 7th. The airline is running pretty much on track for commencing flight operations, slightly behind its initial estimates but not significantly.
Akasa had earlier announced, soon after receiving its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, that it would start selling tickets in the first week of July and launch operations later this month. And the revised dates are not that far off from its previous announcements.
The airline had expected to get its second aircraft by the end of this month, but the delay in its delivery forced it to postpone the launch by a few more days.
Mumbai-Ahmedabad will be Akasa’s first sector
The budget carrier will commence operation with 28 weekly flights between Mumbai (BOM) and Ahmedabad (AMD) in western India from August 7th. A week later, from August 13th, it will also start flying between Bengaluru (BLR) and Kochi (COK) in South India with an additional 28 weekly flights.
The airline’s founder and CEO Vinay Dube commented,
“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. “
Co-founder and chief commercial officer Praveen Iyer said,
“Network strategy is focused on establishing a strong pan-India presence and providing linkages from metro to tier 2 and 3 cities across the country. We kick-start operations with flights between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. We will adopt a phased approach to support our network expansion plan, progressively connecting more cities, as we add two aircraft to our fleet each month, in our first year. “
At the time of writing, Akasa Air’s website crashed momentarily, suggesting significant traffic soon after the announcement. It was operational again after a few minutes.
Fares and services
A quick search on the website showed a one-way lowest fare between Mumbai and Ahmedabad to be ₹ 3,948 ($ 49.42). For a quick comparison, we checked IndiGo’s fare on the same sector on August 7th, which was ₹ 4,263 ($ 53.36), and full-service carrier Air India was ₹ 5,943 ($ 74.39).
Akasa also announced that its buy-on-board meal service will be available at Café Akasa – offering a wide choice of fusion meals, farm-inspired and plant-based offerings, with options such as pasta, Vietnamese rice rolls, hot chocolate, and a year-round festival menu inspired by Indian cuisines and celebrations.
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The airline is scheduled to receive several more airplanes over the coming months, with plans to take its fleet size to 18 by March 2023. Hopefully, we’ll see the carrier deploy its planes on plenty of other routes in the country soon.
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