Akasa Air intends to set up a training centre for its pilots and crew

New budget airline Akasa Air plans to set up a training centre for its pilots and crew as it gears up to start flights later this year, its co-founder Vinay Dube said. The 14,000 sq ft centre will come up in Gurgaon, Haryana, Dube said in an interview with The Economic Times.

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Apart from the launch delay by a few weeks, things are moving fast, according to Dube. The airline has hired staff members primarily from other airlines as Akasa needs trained personnel to get off the ground.

Akasa Air intends to set up a training centre for its pilots and crew

The airline, majority-owned by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, has already signed up 154 pilots, 115 cabin attendants and 14 engineers to join the airline. Dube, who is also the airline’s CEO, said 26 of these pilots are already on the payroll.

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Akasa, co-founded by former IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh, has ordered 72 Boeing 737 Max aircraft and plans to launch its first flight in July. Dube said the airline is yet to be summoned by the regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, for a proving flight–a precursor to its air operator’s licence.

Akasa has ordered 72 Boeing 737 Max aircraft and plans to launch its first flight in July

Akasa, which is registered as SNV Aviation, received its initial regulatory approval, the no-objection certificate, on October 11 and has applied for the air operator’s permit (AOP).

Dube said it would be wrong to assume that the decision to get 18 aircraft in the first year was driven by the desire to start international operations at the earliest.

Indian carriers must have at least 20 aircraft to start international flights, a criterion that Akasa Air will fulfil in its second year. Dube said the airline hopes to start international operations in the second quarter of 2023.

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