Indian carrier Akasa Air has recently expanded its fleet by adding two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, concluding the year 2023 with a total of 22 aircraft. This fleet comprises 21 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and one Boeing 737 MAX 8 200, marking the first of its kind in Asia. The airline has demonstrated significant growth since its launch, reaching this fleet size in just 17 months of operation, positioning itself as one of the fastest-growing airlines in civil aviation history.
Vinay Dube, Founder and CEO of Akasa Air, commented on the airline’s progress, stating, “Akasa Air’s remarkable growth testifies the sheer promise that India holds as an aviation market. The additions to our fleet will help us bolster the strength of our operations as we expand our footprint and foray into international skies in the coming months. Each addition to our fleet brings us closer to our purpose of connecting people, places, and cultures, and we hope that as we step into the next phase of growth, we will be able to serve millions of satisfied travellers across the globe.” He also expressed gratitude towards the employees and partners for their support, which has been crucial in Akasa Air’s rapid development, and conveyed his aspirations for building a world-class airline.
Customer Reach: Over 6.3 Million Passengers and 17 City Connections by Akasa Air
Akasa Air’s growth is not just in fleet size but also in its network, connecting major cities with Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities throughout India. The airline plans to expand both domestically and internationally, with the new aircraft supporting these goals by providing seamless and reliable connectivity.
The airline emphasizes sustainability, with the 737 MAX family aircraft offering improved range and fuel efficiency, reducing fuel use and carbon emissions by 20% and having a 50% smaller noise footprint compared to older aircraft.
Since beginning operations in August 2022, Akasa Air has served over 6.3 million passengers and currently connects 17 cities across India. The airline’s online and app-based booking systems, along with partnerships with travel agents and OTAs, facilitate customer access to its services.
Enhancing In-Flight Experience: Comfort and Convenience on Akasa Air Flights
Akasa Air’s in-flight experience includes features such as comfortable seating with ample legroom and USB ports, a diverse range of meal options including Kombucha and festive menus, and pet-friendly travel options. The airline also caters to passengers with visual impairments by offering Braille versions of their safety instruction card and onboard menu.
The carrier, which began its first commercial flight on 07 August 2022, aims to meet India’s increasing travel demand with a customer-focused approach, reliable operations, and affordable fares. Its order of 76 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, equipped with fuel-efficient LEAP-1B engines, reinforces Akasa Air’s commitment to environmental sustainability and positions it as an airline with one of the youngest and greenest fleets in Indian aviation.