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Akasa Air announces “Pets-on-board” policy as it completes 60 days of operations

Akasa Air has announced “Pets-on-board” policy as per its commitment “to create an inclusive travel experience”. The airline has also completed 60 days of commercial operations. Akasa operated its first flight on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route on 7th August 2022 which I was a part of.

Two months into operations

Akasa Air successfully completed two months of commercial operations yesterday (6th October 2022).

Our first two months have been very exciting and satisfying as we moved from planning to commercial operations. We have been hyper focussed on establishing and delivering an empathetic, dependable, and reliable flying experience unlike anything witnessed in the Indian skies thus far. We are delighted that a significant number of flyers have already chosen to fly with us and are very pleased with the positive feedback we have received on our product and service. It is equally satisfying to see the pride in our employees as they work together to deliver the Akasa Experience

said Vinay Dube, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air, at an event to mark the airline’s first 60 days of operations.

In the first 60 days, Akasa has launched flights to five destinations – Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Chennai – already. The airline has already announced three more destinations, bringing the total to eight destinations. Flights from New Delhi have started today (7th October 2022) while flights from Guwahati and Agartala will begin on 21st October 2022. In total, Akasa is operating 11 nonstop routes between these cities.

We are elated by the response we have received as we welcomed on board more than 100,000 passengers within just 60 days of operations. Further strengthening our domestic connectivity and catering to more flyers during the festive season, we are delighted to be able to add Delhi to our network and connect the capital city to the rapidly growing and vibrant cities of Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. By expanding our network with an aircraft arriving every 15 days, we aim to fulfil our goal of developing a strong pan-India presence and expect to operate 300 weekly flights by October end.

said Praveen Iyer, Co-Founder, and Chief Commercial Officer, Akasa Air.

We set out with a promise to be a dependable airline focussing on warm, efficient, and reliable service. We are extremely happy with the reception and feedback on our product and service which motivates us not just to sustain but raise the standard of our service delivery. We will continue to provide our passengers with category-first and personalised product features which will help Akasa create a satisfied and loyal base of customers in the months to come.

said Belson Coutinho, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Akasa Air, on product, service and customer experience.

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“Pets-on-board” policy

Akasa Air has announced a pet-friendly policy called “Pets-on-board” in line with its commitment “to create an inclusive travel experience”.

Passengers will be able to bring one pet onboard weighing up to 7 kilograms. Travellers can also choose to keep their pet in the cargo hold. The airline will allow maximum one pet in the cabin and one pet in the cargo hold. Pet in cabin will need to be in a crate and wear a muzzle. Crate will be put in front of pet owner’s seat, according to Akasa. Bookings for Pets-on-board will start from 15th October 2022 while passengers can bring their pets on flights from 1st November 2022. Charges are yet to be revealed by Akasa.

Further, as we continue with our vision to create an inclusive and humane travel experience, Akasa’s pet-friendly service will commence from 1st November 2022, wherein passengers flying on Akasa Air will be able to travel with their pets in the cabin. Taking an additional step to ease the travel experience of pet parents and their wards, we have joined hands with Umeed for Animals Foundation to ensure smooth pet-friendly travel

added Coutinho.

Presently, Air India is the only airline in India that allows passengers to bring pets on board. It seems that Akasa Air wants to take advantage and capatalize on the perfect opportunity.

Featured image by Akasa Air

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