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Akasa Air aircraft livery unveiled by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Akasa Air is eyeing the Boeing 737 MAX for their operations and has stated that they aim to induct around 70 of those planes in the next four years

Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s airline Akasa Air today unveiled its aircraft livery and tagline, adding to the competition in the civil aviation sector that seems to look up again years after the collapse of Kingfisher and Jet Airways. In an official release, the airline unveiled the tagline ‘It’s Your Sky’ and said that it symbolises a powerful pledge of ownership, promise, and possibilities that accompany each traveller on their journeys, regardless of their socio-economic or cultural backgrounds.

Inspired by elements from the sky, the aircraft livery will have a ‘rising A’ symbol on it in purple and orange colour. “It symbolises the warmth of the rising sun, the effortless of a bird and the dependability of an aircraft wing,” it said.

In October, the airline had received the aviation ministry’s no-objection certificate (NOC) which made it eligible to apply for an air operator permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Akasa Air is an upcoming Indian ultra-low-cost carrier co-founded by investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and former Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube. It is expected to start operations in the summer of 2022 with a fleet of new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

In March 2021, reports surfaced that Vinay Dube the former CEO of Jet Airways and GoFirst planned to launch a new low-cost carrier in India with former GoFirst Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Praveen Iyer and Head of Operations, Nikhil Ved.

In July 2021, India billionaire trader Rakesh Jhunjhunwala invested $ 35 million for a 40% stake in the carrier.

It received a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in October 2021. The airline is in the process of receiving its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) next as well.

After receiving an AOC, the airline will start operations within 3 to 6 months. The airline is aiming to launch flights in the summer of 2022. Akasa Air is eyeing the Boeing 737 MAX for their operations and has stated that they aim to induct around 70 of those planes in the next four years.

On 22 December 2021, the airline unveiled its brand identity and logo, with the tagline:

It’s Your Sky

The proposed ultra-low-cost carrier (LCC) is piloted by aviation veteran Vinay Dube, the airline company’s CEO.

AirAsia India (a joint venture with Tata Sons), Go First (which runs GoAir) of the business conglomerate Wadia Group, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara of Tata SIA Airlines Limited are the other private players in the Indian civil aviation market.

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