Akasa Air and Jet Airways 2.0 set to launch operations in Q2 – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Indian skies are set to be crowded with new names, as Akasa Air and Jet Airways 2.0 are about to begin their first commercial flights.
Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, backed by Akasa Air, said on Monday it was on track to launch operations by July this year and expects its first plane to be delivered from mid-June here.
The airline also released photographs of its first Boeing 737 Max aircraft from Boeing’s production facility in Portland, United States. Akasa plans to fly 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023 on domestic routes, focusing on metro to Tier -II/III cities.
In November 2021, the airline signed a $9 billion deal with US aviation giant Boeing for 72 Boeing 737 Max jets in two variants: 737-8 and the high-capacity 737-8-200. These aircraft will be powered by the fuel-efficient CFM LEAP B engine.
Alongside Akasa, Jet Airways, which recently received its flight license revalidated by aviation regulator DGCA, is aiming to start commercial operations during the July-September quarter.
On Monday, Jet made key hires, including the appointment of Mark Turner as vice president – inflight products and services. He joins the airline after leading inflight services for Jet Airways in 2008-11.
The airline has also appointed veterans such as Prabh Sharan Singh as Chief Digital Officer, HR Jagannath as Vice President – Engineering and Vishesh Khanna as Vice President – Sales, Distribution and Customer Engagement.
Jet Airways, founded by Naresh Goyal, ceased flying in April 2019 and was acquired by a consortium of Murari Jalan and Kalrock Capital through bankruptcy proceedings in 2020.
Since then, he has been trying to come back strong. These airlines are entering Indian skies at a time when air traffic has seen a significant improvement after bleeding for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, domestic air traffic has reached the pre-covid level of 4 lakh/day departing passengers.
Jet Airways is expected to begin operations in Q2FY23
Jet Airways, which recently received its flight license revalidated by aviation regulator DGCA, aims to start commercial operations in the July-September quarter. On Monday, Jet also made key hires.