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Akasa Air to start flights on August 7

Akasa Air will soon join the ranks of other airlines in India by making its first commercial flight in a few weeks. Just an idea not so long ago, the airline has impressed everyone with its meteoric rise and will soon be taking to the skies with paying passengers.

First flight in August

Indian startup airline Akasa Air announced on July 22 that it has started selling tickets for its inaugural flight on August 7. The airline is nearly on track to start flight operations, slightly behind original estimates, but not significantly.

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Akasa had previously announced, shortly after receiving the first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, that it would start selling tickets in the first week of July and launch later this month. And the revised dates aren’t that far off the previous announcements.

The airline had expected to receive its second plane by the end of this month, but the delay in delivery forced it to delay the launch by a few days.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad will be the first sector of Akasa

The budget airline will start from August 7 with 28 weekly flights between Mumbai (BOM) and Ahmedabad (AMD) in western India. A week later, from August 13, it will also start flying between Bengaluru (BLR) and Kochi (COK) in South India with a further 28 weekly flights.


The airline founder and CEO Vinay Dube commented:

“We are delighted to finally be able to offer our flights for sale. We are also excited to unveil our product, which promises to be unlike anything experienced so far in the category.”

Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer Praveen Iyer said:

“The network strategy is focused on establishing a strong pan-Indian presence and providing metro connections to tier 2 and 3 cities across the country. We will start our operations with flights between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. We will be taking a phased approach to support our network expansion plan, gradually connecting more cities as we add two aircraft to our fleet every month in our first year.”

At the time of writing, Akasa Air’s website briefly crashed, suggesting that there was a lot of traffic soon after the announcement. After a few minutes it was operational again.

Rates and services

A quick search of the website showed that the lowest one-way fare between Mumbai and Ahmedabad was ₹3,948 ($49.42). For a quick comparison, we checked IndiGo’s fare for the same sector on Aug. 7, which was ₹4,263 ($53.36), and full-service airline Air India was ₹5,943 ($74.39).

Akasa also announced that its onboard meal service will be available at Café Akasa – offering a wide choice of fusion meals, farm-inspired and plant-based products, with options such as pasta, Vietnamese rice rolls, hot chocolate and a festival menu that is open all year round. inspired by Indian cuisine and celebrations.

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The airline will receive several more aircraft in the coming months, with plans to bring the fleet to 18 by March 2023. Hopefully, we’ll soon see the airline deploy its planes on numerous other routes in the country.

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