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Navigating the Skies: Akasa Air Cleared for International Routes, Conducts 900 Weekly Flights

Akasa Air Secures Green Light for Saudi, Kuwait, and Qatar Routes

Akasa Air has served 4.3 million passengers in its first year of commercial operations and has surpassed the milestone of operating over 900 weekly flights with a published network of 35 unique routes between 16 destinations. Over 25,000 tonnes of freight have also been transported across the network during this time.

With a passenger load factor of over 84% since operations began and a continually increasing record of nearly 90% in the current financial year, Akasa Air has increased its market share in just one short year from 0% to 4.9%. With industry-leading on-time performance for several months running, the airline has demonstrated its unwavering dedication to being India’s most dependable airline while growing its operations.

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Akasa Air set a record for being one of the fastest-growing airlines in the 120-year history of international aviation by achieving a fleet size of 20 new aircraft within 12 months of beginning commercial operations. The initial fleet induction plan called for adding one brand-new aircraft every 15 days.

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Additionally, Akasa Air will be the first airline in Asia to adopt the Boeing 737 MAX 737-8-200 variant to its fleet when it receives its 20th aircraft on August 1st, 2023. The order book for Akasa Air includes 76 jets, including 23 737-8s and 53 737-8-200 aircraft. The airline also remains 100% committed to ordering a three-digit number of aircraft by the end of 2023.

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The landmark addition of its 20th aircraft, heralds the next chapter of growth in the Akasa Air story, driving Akasa’s foray into international skies, and allowing the airline to showcase its unique and category-re-defining service to the world. With this immense impetus to its growth plans, Akasa will get access to international flying opportunities as it prepares to commence international operations by December 2023.

In the belief that training is a crucial component of providing excellent customer service, Akasa Air keeps spending money on it. Due to this, numerous top-notch learning institutions have been established in significant American cities. With the capacity to train nearly 700 future-ready aviation professionals at once, the Akasa air Learning Academy (AALA) provides technologically advanced education for the modern aviation industry. The facility houses the sole door trainer for the Boeing 737 MAX in India, enabling our cabin crew to receive extensive safety training. The B737- 8200 Max Mid Exit was recently installed by the Academy as well.

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IndiGo beats Southwest Airlines to Become world’s largest airline by market cap

Malaysia Airlines And IndiGo Sign MoU To Boost Tourism

India’s aviation giant, IndiGo, has soared to new heights, surpassing the renowned US-based Southwest Airlines to claim the title of the world’s third most valuable airline, as per Bloomberg data released on Wednesday.

The surge in IndiGo’s market capitalization, fueled by a remarkable 4.73% jump in its share price to Rs 3,806, catapulted its market value to $17.605 billion, edging past Southwest’s $17.333 billion market cap.

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IndiGo’s strategic plans for expansion further solidify its position in the global aviation landscape. With intentions to add 10 new destinations to its network in the fiscal year 2025, the airline anticipates a substantial increase in capacity and passenger growth, aiming for a gross addition of over one aircraft per week during the same period.

Such ambitious endeavors, coupled with a burgeoning demand for travel attributed to tourism and a stable oil price environment, have contributed to the surge in IndiGo’s stock prices. Analysts at InterGlobe Securities attribute indigo partners airlines upward trajectory to several factors, including the operational challenges faced by competitor Vistara and the burgeoning appetite for travel among Indian households.

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The rise in income has elevated air travel to a lifestyle staple, with leisure holidays becoming increasingly prevalent. indigo partners As the holiday season approaches, airports across the nation are bracing for heightened activity, promising sustained momentum for IndiGo in the months ahead.

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Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India’s much-anticipated cabin crew uniforms, designed by renowned fashion icon Manish Malhotra and unveiled with ceremony last December, have encountered a setback.

The airline’s cabin crew, who initially donned the stylish attire on the carrier’s A350 aircraft, have voiced grievances regarding the quality of the fabric. Reports suggest that concerns have arisen over issues such as fast-fading colors, casting a shadow over the otherwise celebrated launch of the new uniforms.

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Despite the initial excitement surrounding their debut, the practicality and durability of the fabric have come under scrutiny. In response to the feedback received from its cabin crew members, Air India is poised to address the fabric-related issues promptly. Sources indicate that the airline is gearing up to commence production for all cabin crew uniforms, ensuring that the concerns raised are duly taken into account.

An Air India spokesperson in a statement to PTI, confirming the forthcoming measures, stated that the production program for over 8,000 cabin crew members will kick off within a week’s time. The spokesperson reassured that steps are being taken to rectify the fabric issues and ensure that the new uniforms meet the expected standards of quality and durability.

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The new uniform will subsequently be distributed to the crew, aligned with the transition of Air India’s flagship A350 to long-haul international service in the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

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British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the airline will start the application window for its fully financed Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet programme, which will run for second year. 

This comes after an extraordinary response to its first year intake, where more than 20,000 applications were received for just 100 places. Aiming to level the playing field and remove the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their own training, the Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative is part of the airline’s £7 billion investment across the business.

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Simon Cheadle, Director of Flight Operations at British Airways, stated: “We’re quite proud to be able to give more people access to a career in aviation through this programme.”

“We are glad to provide this opportunity to many talented individuals who simply need a little assistance to fulfil their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. We know this from the tremendous response and high calibre of applications we had in the first year of Speedbird Pilot Academy.

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“Our investment in this programme will help to ensure our future generation of pilots for years to come. We want to continue attracting the best flying talent.” Candidates will be able to apply for up to 100 places on the programme – that will see the approximate £100,000 cost of their training covered entirely by the airline – through the British Airways careers site from April 16, 2024.

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