Akasa Air’s first Boeing 737 MAX jet, promoted by investor Ace Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, bringing it one step closer to obtaining the mandatory air operator license to start operations.
The airline received the ceremonial keys to the plane in Seattle, United States, on June 15, Akasa Air said in a statement.
This is the first delivery of the 72 Boeing 737 MAX ordered by Akasa Air from Boeing last November.
“Akasa Air today welcomed the arrival of the first of its 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in the presence of its management team,” the airline said in the statement.
“The arrival of our first aircraft is a very happy moment for all of us and marks an important milestone, bringing us closer to our vision of building India’s greenest, most reliable and most affordable airline,” said Vinay Dube, Founder, Managing Director. and CEO, Akasa Air.
Akasa Air is a prime example of the progress Indian aviation has made in recent years, he said, adding that “this is not just a milestone for us and Indian aviation, but it is the ‘story of a new India’.
Boeing is proud to partner with Akasa Air as they embark on their journey towards inclusive and affordable air travel for all, said Boeing India President Salil Gupte.
“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and offers tremendous growth and productivity opportunities for the aviation industry. We are delighted that the advanced 737 MAX will help Akasa Air improve the efficiency of its business and operations while providing its customers with a flying experience,” he added.