Akasa Air had earlier inducted some of the aircraft which were meant for Jet Airways. The airline retained the interiors of Jet Airways and is now planning to remove those interiors.
Akasa Air minus Jet Airways
Akasa Air has reached a fleet of 20 airliners within 12 months of maiden flight. But this is important to note that the airline has not picked up brand new factory built aircraft from OEMs or lessors but instead picked those aircraft which were earlier meant for some other airline. Due to some reasons, other airlines never took the delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and Akasa Air picked them.
Most of the aircraft of Akasa Air are either ex-Eastar Jet, T’Way Air or ex-Jet Airways. Out of the 20 aircraft in its fleet, the airline has 11 ex-Jet Airways. Normally, the standard cabin of Akasa Air consists of 189 Economy seats.
At the same time, Jet Airways cabin include 12 Business class and 162 Economy class seats. When Akasa Air inducted Jet Airways aircraft, supply chain issues were at peak and hence, the airline could not get the desired interiors. At that time, it inducted the aircraft retaining the older Jet Airways cabin. The airline named Jet Airways Business Class as A++ cabin and was charging extra for it. Now, Akasa Air has announced that by the end of December this year, it will remove all the Business class seats and will adopt the standard Akasa Air configuration across the fleet.
International flights incoming?
Akasa Air has recently inducted India’s first Boeing 737 MAX 8-200. This aircraft also marks a milestone for Akasa Air as it is the 20th aircraft for the airline. This makes the airline eligible for international operations. Subject to regulatory approvals, the airline will soon announce its first international destination and schedule.
Akasa Air is looking at Middle Eastern region, Southeast Asian and Central Asian region for international flights. The airline has Boeing 737 MAX 8, whose range can easily take it from India to Istanbul in West and Vietnam in the east.
Source Credits : The Hindu Business Line