New Delhi, India: According to the PTI, the beginning of Akasa Air’s commercial flights is likely to be further delayed because the airline is expecting to get its first aircraft only in June or July, according to a senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official.
The Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed airline had planned to begin operations in June, but it was eventually pushed back to July.
According to the article, a top Akasa Air executive stated that the business plans to begin operations in July.
The Civil Aviation Ministry issued Akasa Air, located in Mumbai and registered as SNV Aviation, a necessary no-objection certificate (NOC) in October of last year.
After receiving aircraft, the airline must complete a series of successful proving flights or test flights, according to procedure.
A proving flight, which might start at one airport and end at another, is part of the regulatory procedure for introducing a new aircraft type into an airline’s fleet. It is made up of five segments (legs) with a total block time of at least 10 hours.
This might entail a single detour to an other airport or destination en route.
“Their (Akasa Air) aircraft delivery is delayed,” the DGCA official added, “and it is likely to come around June or July.” All other processes are proceeding normally.”
Akasa Air stated that the first aircraft will arrive in mid-June and that commercial operations would begin in July.
“We expect our first aircraft delivery by mid-June 2022,” said Vinay Dube, founder and managing director of Akasa Air. The first aircraft will assist us in obtaining our operating permission, and proving flights will be conducted in accordance with regulatory standards before to receiving the AOP (Air Operator Permit),” according to a statement.
Dube stated that the airline plans to begin commercial operations in July 2022 and that it is on track to fly 18 planes by the end of March 2023.
Akasa Air unveiled its new airline code on Tuesday. The airline revealed the new code, QP, in a tweet.