India’s new low-cost carrier Akasa Air takes off


The inaugural flight of the new Indian low-cost carrier Akasa Air took place on August 7, 2022.

The first flight, QP1107, was carried out by a Boeing 737 MAX 8, registered VT-YAA, between Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) and Ahmedabad International Airport (AMD) in India. It took off at 2:42 PM local time and landed at 3:32 PM, according to flightradar24 data.

“Today marks a significant milestone in Akasa Air’s journey as we successfully commence our commercial operations with our maiden flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad,” Vinay Dube, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Akasa Air commented. “This is not just a testament to the women and men of Akasa that have made this day possible, but also a testament of India’s ongoing economic transformation and that of the country’s rapidly progressing civil aviation landscape.”

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At first, the airline will use its two Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 189 single-class seats to operate two domestic routes, namely two daily flights between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, and two more between Bangalore and Kochi from August 14, 2022.

Akasa Air ordered a total of 72 Boeing 737 MAX and hopes to fly 18 aircraft by the end of 2023.

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