New airline Akasa Air on Friday said it will start commercial flights on August 7 by operating its first Mumbai-Ahmedabad route with Boeing 737 Max aircraft. In a statement, the carrier said it has started ticket sales for the 28-week flights it will operate on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route from August 7, as well as the 28-week flights from August 13. The carrier will begin commercial operations with two 737 Max aircraft. Boeing has delivered one Max aircraft, and a second delivery will take place later this month.
Akasa Air’s Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Praveen Iyer, said, “We have commenced operations between Mumbai and Ahmedabad using the new Boeing 737 Max aircraft.” “We will take a phased approach to support our network expansion plans and gradually add more cities as we add two aircraft to our fleet each month in the first year,” he added. The carrier received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from aviation regulator DGCA on July 7. After the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) gave the green light to the Max aircraft in August 2021, Akasa Air signed a contract with Boeing last November 26 to purchase 72 Max aircraft.