In latest news, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given the green signal to Akasa Air yesterday. Billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala backed Akasa Air has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and will start operations by July end. Akasa will be the fifth Indian budget carrier after IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoFirst, AirAsia India and Air India Express. Overall it will be the 8th big airline and will face stiff competition from Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and Jet Airways.
The grant of the AOC is the final step of a comprehensive and rigorous process laid down by the DGCA and marks the satisfactory completion of all regulatory and compliance requirements for the airline’s operational readiness,”Akasa Air
The AOC requires the airline to have personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public, according to aviation knowledge forum Skybrary. This document will as a minimum detail the aircraft types which may be used, for what purpose and in what geographic region.
We are extremely thankful to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the DGCA for their constructive guidance throughout the AOC process. We now look forward to opening our flights for sale, leading to the start of commercial operations by late July. This will begin our journey towards building India’s greenest, most dependable and most affordable airline,”Vinay Dube, Founder and CEO, Akasa Air
Akasa Air received their first Boeing 737 Max last month, and by end of FY22 their fleet will include 18 airplanes – adding 12 to 14 planes every 12 months to reach 72 birds over the next 5 years.