India’s newest airline Akasa Air has announced that it has obtained its Air Operator’s Certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The grant of the AOC is the final step of a comprehensive and rigorous process laid down by the DGCA and marks the satisfactory completion of all regulatory and compliance requirements for the airline’s operational readiness. The airline says that it is the first carrier to be the first airline whose end-to-end AOC process was conducted using the government’s progressive eGCA digital platform.
Akasa Air operated proving flights on Delhi-Mumbai and Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Delhi routes on 4th July 2022 and on Delhi-Bengaluru and Bengaluru-Delhi routes on 5th July 2022.
Vinay Dube, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air, said:
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.
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We also want to take this moment to thank and acknowledge the collective contributions of our employees and partners whose commitment, perseverance, optimism, meticulous planning and exemplary teamwork have helped achieve this milestone. This is not just a significant milestone for Akasa Air and Indian aviation, but also a testimony to the story of a vibrant and resilient India.
Akasa Air took delivery of the first of 72 Boeing B737MAX-8 aircraft ordered by the airline on 21st June 2022. Akasa will commence operations later this month with 2 aircraft. By the end of the fiscal year 2022-23, the airline will have inducted 18 aircraft and thereafter 12-14 aircraft every 12 months.
Meanwhile, Akasa Air recently unveiled crew uniforms.
Featured image by Akasa Air
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