India’s Akasa Air celebrates one year of operations

An Akasa Air Boeing 737 parked on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Akasa Air

On Monday 7 August, India’s newest airline Akasa Air officially celebrated its first year of commercial operations. It closes out a successful year with a fleet a twenty aircraft, which now qualifies it to conduct international operations.

Akasa Air First Year of Service

In a world where growth is often measured in steady increments, Akasa Air has shattered all expectations by becoming one of the fastest-growing airlines in global aviation history.

Within just 12 months of its inaugural flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, the airline has expanded its fleet to a remarkable 20 new aircraft.

First aircraft delivery, June 2022. Photo Credit: Akasa Air

This milestone achievement places Akasa Air at the forefront, with the recent addition of the 737-8-200 variant of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft making it the first airline in Asia to do so.

The induction of the 20th aircraft symbolizes more than just numerical growth for Akasa Air. It’s a gateway to international skies, a realm where the airline aims to demonstrate its unique service ethos and redefine the passenger experience.

With the stage set for international operations by December 2023, Akasa Air is poised to offer Indians a new level of global connectivity.


In its debut year, Akasa Air has catered to 4.3 million passengers, forging an impressive network of 35 routes across 16 destinations.

These efforts have not only contributed to a market share of 4.9% but have also exhibited an

At the heart of Akasa Air’s triumph lies its dedication to providing an exceptional in-flight experience. The Boeing Sky Interior decorates each aircraft, blending modern aesthetics with comfort.

The cabins house softer seat cushions and ample legroom, fostering an environment that resonates with both seasoned travelers and first-time flyers.

Excellence Through Training

For Akasa Air, excellence isn’t just a destination – it’s a journey guided by training. The airline’s commitment to superior service extends to its learning academies dispersed across key Indian cities.

The Akasa Air Learning Academy (AALA) stands as a testament to this ethos, offering advanced training for aviation professionals, including the state-of-the-art B737 – 8200 Max Mid Exit Door for emergency preparedness.

An Akasa Air Boeing 737-8-200 parked at dusk.
Photo Credit: Akasa Air

Culture and Diversity

Akasa Air’s growth isn’t limited to its fleet; it encompasses a thriving employee-centric culture. With over 3,000 employees and an ongoing commitment to diversity and gender parity, the airline is establishing itself as a hub for top talent.

The bespoke airline crew uniform underscores this philosophy, prioritizing flexibility, comfort, and support for the mobile lifestyle of its staff.

Forging a Greener Path

As one of the youngest and greenest airlines globally, Akasa Air is an embodiment of sustainability. By embracing fuel-efficient aircraft and eco-friendly practices, such as recycled materials and responsible packaging, the airline is championing environmentally conscious travel choices.

Its innovative approach even extends to water conservation, demonstrating a holistic commitment to sustainability.

CEO Perspective

Vinay Dube, the Founder and CEO of Akasa Air, encapsulates the airline’s journey as a testament to India’s economic transformation and the evolution of its civil aviation landscape.

Under his leadership, the airline has not only excelled but has also cultivated a value-based culture that prioritizes safety, reliability, and customer obsession.

“We have many people to thank in this journey of planning and execution. First, I want to thank every member of the Akasa family, who bring in vast experience from global aviation and who have dedicated themselves to our shared vision and our collective success,” he said.

“The trust and dedication that the women and men of Akasa have placed in our organisation, has made every day of these last 12 months possible.” 

 “Our first year has built the foundation for the long term, and we feel incredibly optimistic as we continue to invest in our future – one that we hope will serve generations of Indians for a long time to come,” Vinay concluded.  

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