New low-cost carrier Akasa Air is getting closer and closer to launch as it will open ticket sales for the first time in July, according to its CEO.
After receiving its first Boeing 737 Max in May and with plans to conduct proving flights to receive its Air Operator Certificate (AOC soon, Akasa Air is closer than ever to launching to the public.
Akasa Air CEO Vinay Dube shared, in a recent interview with ET Now, that the airline will start selling tickets sometime around the first week of July.
Dube also offered more information on the routes the airline would fly on, commenting that sectors between metro cities, tier two, and tier-three cities will form the bulk of the Mumbai-based carrier’s operations.
While Akasa Air is launched at a time when aviation fuel prices are at the highest it has been in a long time, the Indian carrier still insists that it will keep its promise of cheap fares for its potential customers. Dube states that the situation is “not something that worries us.” He continued:
“Whether fuel is at $120 or $50, the aviation industry not just in India but around the world has always been competitive and it is for the benefit of the consumers because the consumer should feel happy that the aviation industry is as competitive as it is.”
He finished by touching on the issue of fuel price and the likelihood of it increasing further, expressing no doubt that Akasa Air will offer its customers “very affordable fares” alongside warm, friendly, and comfortable customer service:
“As far as fuel price is concerned, we feel quite confident that we will be able to compete no matter where the fuel price is.”
Akasa Air sounds like a promising contender within India’s aviation market, but will it translate to its operations once it begins this summer?
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