Akasa Air-backed Ace Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala opened flight bookings on Friday. The new entrant in the Indian aviation market will launch its flight operations on August 7 and connect four cities in the first phase.
The flight between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be launched on the first day of its operation. The other cities to be connected in the first phase are Kochi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. The airline will offer 56 weekly flights within 10 days of operation.
Additionally, the new airline will launch 28 weekly flights between Mumbai-Ahmedabad. A similar number of weekly flights are scheduled between Kochi and Bengaluru from August 13.
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Vinay Dube, Founder and Managing Director of Akasa Air, said: “We are extremely excited to finally be able to offer our flights for sale. We are also excited to reveal our product which promises to be unlike anything experienced in the category so far.
Akasa Air will offer its customers fusion meals, farm-inspired and plant-based dishes, pasta, Vietnamese rice rolls, hot chocolate and a year-round festival menu are among the prominent dishes that would be available at Café Akasa.
“Akasa Air’s network strategy is focused on building a strong pan-India presence and providing metro connections to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities across the country,” said Praveen Iyer, Co. – Founder and Commercial Director.
The airline plans to gradually connect more cities by adding two planes to its fleet each month during the first year of operation.
Earlier this month, Akasa Air received its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The airline said at the time: “We now look forward to opening our flights for sale, which will lead to the start of commercial operations by the end of July.”
A week ago, the airline posted a tweet indicating that it was hiring for various positions.
First post: STI