The first Boeing 737 MAX for Akasa Air, which is supported by renowned investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, putting the airline one step closer to obtaining the necessary Air Operator Permit to begin operations.
On June 15, the airline was presented with the ceremonial keys to the plane in Seattle, Washington, according to a statement from Akasa Air.
Out of the 72 Boeing 737 Max aircraft that Akasa Air ordered from Boeing in November, this is the first delivery.
In a statement, Aksa Air said that its leadership team was there as it welcomed the arrival of the first of its 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Vinay Dube, founder, managing director, and chief executive officer of Akasa Air, said, “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 dependable, and most affordable airline.”
He added that “this is not just a huge milestone for us and Indian aviation, but it’s the story of a new India,” citing Akasa Air as a shining example of the advancements made by Indian aviation in recent years.