According to a senior DGCA official, Akasa Air’s service launch would be further delayed because the airline will only receive its first aircraft in June or July.
The carrier, which is funded by renowned billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, had planned to begin operations in June but had to postpone it to July.
According to a top airline official, service will begin in July. SNV Aviation, a Mumbai-based carrier, acquired the required no-objection certificate from the civil aviation ministry in October of last year.
Following the induction of the aircraft, the airline must complete a series of successful proving flights.
“The delivery of their (Akasa Air) aircraft has been delayed, and it is likely to arrive in June or July.
All of the other procedures are running smoothly “PTI spoke with a DGCA officer.
When contacted, Akasa Air stated that the first aircraft would arrive in mid-June and that commercial operations would begin in July.
“Our first aircraft should arrive in mid-June 2022.
The first aircraft will assist us in obtaining our operating licence, and proving flights will be conducted in accordance with regulatory standards prior to receiving the AOP (Air Operator Permit) “Vinay Dube, the founder and managing director of Akasa Air, said in a statement to PTI.
He also stated that the airline plans to begin commercial operations in July 2022 and that it is on track to fly 18 aircraft by the end of March 2023.
A proving flight is part of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s process for introducing a new aircraft type into an airline’s fleet.
It can take off from one airport and land at another. It is made up of five segments (legs) with a total block time of at least 10 hours.
This could entail a single detour to an alternate airport or destination en route.
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