Akasa Air places order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Akasa Air delegates at WINGS India 2024
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In an announcement at WINGS India 2024, Akasa Air, India’s fastest-growing airline, revealed the placement of a firm order of 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

This latest fleet acquisition will consist of 737 MAX 10 and 737 MAX 8-200 jets, and will see a continuous stream of aircraft deliveries until 2032.

A Landmark Achievement

At the heart of this milestone lies the fact that Akasa Air becomes the only Indian airline to amass an order book of over 200 aircraft within a remarkable 17 months of commencing operations.

This accomplishment not only reflects the airline’s robust financial foundation but also signifies Boeing’s unwavering confidence in Akasa Air’s future prospects.

Vinay Dube, Founder and CEO of Akasa Air, expressed his excitement at the WINGS 2024 airshow, stating, “This large and historic aircraft order puts Akasa on a path of becoming one of the top 30 leading airlines in the world by the turn of this decade.”

Dube highlighted the growth potential in India’s aviation market and emphasized the airline’s role in shaping this promising journey.


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An Akasa Air Boeing 737-8-200 parked at dusk.
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Rapid Growth Trajectory

This recent order follows Akasa Air’s initial purchase of 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in 2021, supplemented by an additional order of 4 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in June 2023.

The new deal in January 2024 elevates the airline’s order book to an impressive total of 226 aircraft, firmly establishing the airline’s commitment to expansion.

Delivery Schedule

With a current fleet of 22 aircraft, Akasa Air anticipates the delivery of a total of 204 aircraft over the next eight years.

This strategic expansion aligns with the airline’s vision to connect people, places, and cultures, bringing them closer through reliable and efficient air travel.

Supporting Akasa Air’s commitment to sustainability, the 737 MAX family boasts greater range and fuel efficiency, resulting in a 20% reduction in fuel use and carbon emissions compared to its predecessors.

The quieter airplane, with a 50% lower noise footprint, ensures a more environmentally friendly travel experience.

In addition to environmental considerations, the 737 MAX family prioritizes passenger comfort. With enhanced seating, ample legroom, and USB ports for on-the-go device charging, Akasa Air aims to elevate the passenger experience.

A homogenous fleet further allows the airline to streamline operations, ensuring reliability and efficiency.

Akasa Air’s Journey So Far

Since its inception in August 2022, the Indian carrier has garnered praise for its distinctive offerings, including the renowned Café Akasa inflight meal service, the pet-friendly “Pets on Akasa” policy, and a signature warm service both on the ground and in the air.

These category-defining products and services have resulted in consistently high passenger load factors and positive customer feedback.

With a robust presence connecting metros with tier 2 and 3 cities, Akasa Air has served over 6.3 million passengers across 18 cities in India.

The airline’s commitment to on-time leadership and operational efficiencies has established it as a reliable choice for air travel.

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