Billionaire Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed Akasa Air on Thursday got the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), enabling it to start its commercial operations.
"We are pleased to announce the receipt of our Air Operator Certificate (AOC). This is a significant milestone, enabling us to open our flights for sale and leading to the start of commercial operations," tweeted Akasa Air.
The grant of the AOC marks the satisfactory completion of all regulatory and compliance requirements for the airline's operational readiness, Akasa Air said in a statement.
The process concluded with the airline having successfully conducted a number of proving flights under the supervision of the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), it added.
The airline had taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max aircraft in India on June 21. "Later this month, the airline will commence commercial operations with two aircrafts, subsequently adding to its fleet, every month. By the end of the fiscal year 2022-23, the airline will have inducted 18 aircrafts and thereafter 12-14 aircrafts every 12 months, which will make up its order of 72 delivered over five years," the company said in a release.
Earlier in May, the company unveiled its brand logo, tagline, etc.
‘Rising A’ is the brand logo and is inspired by elements from the sky. It symbolises the warmth of the rising sun, the effortless flight of a bird and the dependability of an aircraft wing, the airline said in a release.
The tagline is 'It's Your Sky' and the airline said it is its promise "to embrace everyone and to create an inclusive environment for all Indians regardless of their socio-economic or cultural backgrounds. It is a powerful pledge of ownership, promise, and possibilities that accompany each traveller on their journeys".
The brand colours, ‘Sunrise Orange’ and ‘Passionate Purple’ reflect the airline’s warm, youthful, and respectful nature, the release said.