Akasa Air, an Indian low-cost carrier backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala on Monday released photos of its first aircraft. “Can’t keep calm! Say hi to our QP-pie!” said Akasa Air in a tweet while sharing the photographs of its first aircraft.
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Akasa Air Order 72 Boeing 737 MAX Airplanes
In November 2021, the airline has ordered (72) 737 MAX airplanes to build its fleet which was valued at nearly $9 billion at list prices.
Akasa Air’s order includes two variants from the 737 MAX family, the 737-8 and the high-capacity 737-8-200. Providing the lowest seat-mile costs for a single-aisle aeroplane as well as high dispatch reliability and an enhanced passenger experience, the 737 MAX will ensure Akasa Air has a competitive edge in its dynamic home market.
It’s worth mentioning that the airline expects to begin commercial flights in July 2022, after getting the delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Airline Code ‘QP’
Recently, the airline has announced that its airline code will be ‘QP’. Every airline in the world has a two-character unique designator code for e.g. IndiGo’s code is ‘6E’ Go First’s is ‘G8’ and Air India’s is ‘AI’
Quite Proud to announce our airline code – QP! pic.twitter.com/7oiClGqUj1— Akasa Air (@AkasaAir) May 17, 2022
“As we get closer to the airline launch date, we can now confirm refined estimates on our timelines. We expect our first aircraft delivery by early June 2022, with the intention to start commercial operations in July 2022,” Vinay Dube, CEO of Akasa Air, told PTI.
The airline has already secured a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to begin commercial flying operations in August 2021. The airline is supported by aviation veterans Vinay Dube and Aditya Ghosh, in addition to Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.