Today is a historical day for India’s new airline ‘Akasa Air’ as its first flight QP 1101 finally took off this morning on the Mumbai – Ahmedabad route. This was inaugurated by both the Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia and the MoS General Vijay Kumar Singh.

New Beginnings

The launch of Akasa airline, which was founded by billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, CEO Vinay Dube, and former director of Indigo Airlines Aditya Ghosh was a prominent event for the country. This is as for the first time in eight years, India will launch a crucial scheduled carrier with India-registered livery.

On July 22nd, the airline opened ticket bookings for their first commercial flights that will have connections in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kochi. From the 13th of August, Asaka Air will offer customers 28 weekly flights between Bengaluru and Kochi. The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Asaka Air Vinay Dube has released a statement in which he has promised customers that the airline will provide them with the utmost service.

“We are extremely excited to finally be able to offer up our flights for sale. We are also excited to reveal our product which promises to be unlike anything experienced in the category thus far. With Akasa employees providing warm and efficient customer service, a reliable and dependable network, and affordable fares – we look forward to serving our customers with a flying experience that I am sure they will find delightful”.

The formation of Asaka Air arguably has come at a much-needed time as the Indian aviation industry in the past has been hard hit by non-fatal accidents that have arisen due to mid-air malfunctions. Indian airline SpiceJet has particularly been affected by this recently which has majorly concerned the country. Certainly, this has caused worry and stress amongst passengers in regards to travelling, therefore the creation of an airline that is vocal about aiming to combat these issues will reassure many.

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala cuts ribbon
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala declares Akasa Air open for booking| © Mint

Heavily rooted

Co-founder and Chief Officer of Alaska Air Praveen Iyar have assured passengers that the airline will have a ‘strong pan-Indian presence’ as their flights will be accessible from various parts of the country.

“Asaka Air’s network strategy is focused on establishing a strong pan-Indian presence and providing linkages from metro to tier 2 and tier 3 cities across the country.”

It is evident that Asaka Air will bring many benefits to the Indian aviation industry, providing people with both affordable and easily accessible flights. However, whether or not the airline could potentially suffer from any malfunctions, similarly to some in the past, is yet to be determined. All in all, this is an exciting time for India.

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