Soon to fly and backed by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Indian airline Akasa Air signed a deal for Boeing 727 Max aeroplanes yesterday. The air carrier will debut with a fleet of 72 aeroplanes and is valued at nearly USD 9 billion.
According to the official Boeing statement, the fleet will include 737-8 and the high capacity 737-8-200 aeroplanes.
We are delighted to partner with Boeing for our first airplane order and thank them for their trust and confidence in Akasa Air’s business plan and leadership team.”~ Vinay Dubey, CEO, Akasa Air
The carrier aims to be reliable and cost-efficient in operations with the youngest and greenest fleet in India while being affordable for the customers. The Boeing 737 aeroplanes reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by at least 14% in contrast to the older aeroplanes.
We are honoured that Akasa Air, an innovative airline focused on customer experience and environmental sustainability, has placed its trust in the 737 family to drive affordable passenger service in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation regions.”~ Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO
Akasa Air will start receiving delivery of the Boeing planes in mid-2022. With the new, swanky fleet, the company aspires to effectively tap and grow in the Indian air travel market. Currently, Spice Jet is the only air carrier flying with the Boeing 727.