Akasa Air, India’s newest airline on Thursday received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India.
Akasa Air Received AOC
The AOC is the final step in the DGCA’s comprehensive and rigorous procedure, and it signifies the airline’s satisfactory fulfilment of all regulatory and compliance criteria for operational preparedness.
Following the government’s initiative to usher in a new age of digitalization, Akasa Air is happy to be the first airline to use the government’s revolutionary eGCA digital platform for the whole AOC process.
The procedure ended with the airline successfully completing a series of proving flights under the observation of the country’s aviation authorities.
Commenting on the significant milestone, 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.”
“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 us 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,” Dube further added.
Commercial flight to start in late July
After getting the AOC from the DGCA of India, Akasa Air, operating under the airline code QP, is now prepared to commence commercial flight operations.
The airline June 21, 2022, has already received its first 737 MAX. Later this month, the airline will begin commercial operations with two aircraft, with each month adding to its fleet.
By the end of the fiscal year 2022-23, the airline will have entered 18 aircraft, followed by 12-14 aircraft per 12 months, for a total of 72 deliveries over five years.