Budget carrier Akasa Air announced on Thursday that it plans to acquire 150 Boeing 737 MAX narrowbody planes. The move is aimed at expanding the airline's reach in both domestic and international operations, strategically positioning itself in the thriving aviation market of India.
The announcement was made by Akasa Air at the "WINGS India 2024" event in Hyderabad. It may be noted that Akasa Air's latest 150-aircraft order includes Boeing's 737 MAX 10 and 737 MAX 8-200 jets. It does not include the controversial Max 9 variant of the aircraft that has been grounded.
It may be noted that the Wings India event has attracted key players in the aviation industry, including planemakers, airlines, and government representatives. This collective focus on the aviation sector underscores the industry's resilience and adaptability, particularly with an increased emphasis on international routes.
The decision by Akasa Air to place a fresh order for a substantial number of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft aligns with the broader trend of airlines worldwide gearing up for a resurgence in air travel.
Speaking at the event, Vinay Dube, Founder and CEO, Akasa Air, said “This large and historic aircraft order puts Akasa on a path of becoming one of the top 30 leading airlines in the world, by the turn of this decade. Akasa’s remarkable growth testifies the sheer promise that India holds as an aviation market, and we are thrilled to be a part of this journey."
Dube added that the additions to the fleet will help bolster the strength of operations as the newest Indian airline plans to expand its operations, both domestically and internationally.
"Each addition to our fleet brings us closer to our purpose of connecting people, places, and cultures. We are confident in our ability to be able to serve millions of satisfied travellers across the globe, as we step into the next phase of our growth”, he added.