Akasa Air, labelled India’s fastest-growing carrier at WINGS India 2024, confirmed an order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX Jets.
An aircraft order in the three digits for Boeing represents a massive moment as they face pressures following new quality defects coming to light.
A Major Order
The deal has been long rumoured and now, after formally being announced, includes the 737-10 and 737-8-200. The 737-10, however, remains uncertified, with a timeline for its approval still unclear.
Akasa Air says that thanks to 150 new aircraft being ordered, they become the only Indian carrier in the history of civil aviation to have reached an order book of over 200 aircraft in 17 months.
This milestone could be described as a unique one to be marketing. However, it highlights Akasa Air’s solid growth plans for the future.
The Founder and CEO of the carrier said that the order enables the company to become one of the top 30 leading airlines in the world by the conclusion of this decade, a bold statement and goal.
Strong Growth Plans
Akasa Air only recently burst onto the aviation scene, and with a focus on operations within India, they hope their low-cost fares will bring people to their services.
According to the airline, the addition of 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is a testimony of its solid financial foundation and the confidence Boeing has in the carrier’s future.
These new aircraft, once delivered, will massively strengthen the operations at Akasa Air. However, more importantly the airline is targeting international services in the future, these 150 units will mean this will be soon possible.
Akasa Air says every aircraft that comes through the airline’s doors brings them closer to fulfilling their purpose. The purpose of the carrier is to connect people, places and cultures from all walks of life.
In 2021, the airline already announced an initial order for 72 of the MAX jets from Boeing, which was bolstered further with four additional units in June 2023.
Comments From CEO
We are at a cusp where it is natural for our ecosystem to celebrate our financial stability, growth potential and market share. However, I am most proud of what Akasa and its employees have been able to achieve in terms of reliability and service excellence while pursuing the highest standards of safety in global aviation. This underscores our growth philosophy of expanding in step with the laser focussed delivery of industry leading customer experience.Vinay Dube, Founder and CEO, Akasa Air
The Current Akasa Air Fleet
Akasa Air currently has 22 in-service aircraft, which average an age of 4.1 years. All these are from the 737 family, specifically the 737 MAX series.
The company relies heavily on the MAX type; however, it does not operate any 737-9s, which have been grounded in parts of the world.
Through this newest commitment, the airline will continue operating an all-Boeing fleet.