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Akasa Air gets 1st 737 Max aircraft from Boeing, plane-maker congratulates

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By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA’S new airline Akasa Air on Thursday (16) took delivery of the first 737 Max aircraft from Boeing in Seattle, USA, a statement said. The aircraft-making giant also congratulated Akasa Air on the occasion.

Three months after Indian aviation regulator DGCA gave the green light to Max planes, Akasa Air had on November 26 last year signed a deal with Boeing to purchase 72 Max aircraft.

Commenting on the successful delivery of first aircraft on Thursday, Vinay Dube, Founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air, said, This is indeed a symbolic milestone in the journey of Akasa Air, bringing us one step closer to the process of obtaining our Air Operator’s Permit (AOP) and leading to our commercial launch.”

The airline, which is backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and aviation veterans Vinay Dube and Aditya Ghosh, received the no-objection certificate from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in August 2021 to launch commercial flight operations.

In a statement, the airline said, “With a strong commitment to democratise the skies, the airlines’ total order of 72 aircraft includes an initial delivery of 18 aircraft by March 2023, followed by delivery of the remaining 54 aircraft over the course of the next four years.

Boeing congratulates Akasa Air

Boeing India congratulated Akasa Air on the occasion, tweeting, “Congratulations @AkasaAir on the delivery of your first 737-8! We are excited for you and your passengers.”

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