Thursday, December 2, 2021

Akasa Airlines, a potential customer from Indian Civil aviation: Boeing

by Aakash Srivastava

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala backed Akasa Air is much in news, as they recently got a NOC from the Government of India and reportedly in talks with few aerospace manufacturing companies for the procurement of their fleet of aircrafts.

However, responding to the queries of the Indian Aerospace and Defence Bulletin, Boeing said that “We always seek opportunities and talk with current and potential customers about how we can best support their fleet and operational needs.”

They further added, the US’ aerospace manufacturing giant said that they see Akasa airlines as potential customers in Indian civil aviation due to which talks are in process but too early to reveal anything.

Reportedly Akasa airlines will have an Ultra-Low-Cost carrier in its fleet, IndiGo and Spicejet operate as low-cost carriers (LCC). Stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has said that he will launch an airline that will have upto 70 planes within four years.

SNV Aviation, which will fly under the brand Akasa Air, plans to offer flights from the summer of 2022, the airline said in an official statement.”We will continue to work with the regulatory authorities on all additional compliances required to successfully launch Akasa Air,” the airline’s CEO, Vinay Dube said in the statement

Indian business magnate Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has teamed up with Mr. Dube and former IndiGo CEO and President Aditya Ghosh to set up the airline. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala also recently met PM Narendra Modi. The airline has already completed hiring its top management. It has hired Ankur Goel, former head of IndiGo’s treasury and investor relations, as its Chief Financial Officer and Neelu Khatri has been appointed as head of corporate affairs.

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