Days after the passing away of the Akasa Air’s key investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, airline’s Founder and Chief Government Officer (CEO) Vinay Dube on Wednessay mentioned that Akasa Air is well-capitalised and its development is safe with the monetary means to put an order for extra planes.
The airline, which took to the skies on August 7, acquired its third plane on August 16 and the identical can be used for flights on the Mumbai-Bengaluru route shortly.
Jhunjhuwala (62), Akasa Air’s one in every of prime traders, who handed away on Sunday had supplied a tailwind for the nation’s latest airline, the long run trajectory of the airline can be intently watched, Akasa Air operated its first flight from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, and Jhunjhunwala was additionally on the inaugural flight.
Dube on Wednesday thanked Jhunjhunwala for his help in recruiting a number of the greatest aviation skills within the nation. “He wanted us to have a top-notch leadership team that made all day-to-day decisions at the airline without having to fall back on him or any other investor,” Dube mentioned.
Searching for to dispel any doable apprehension about the best way ahead for Akasa Air, he mentioned the airline will proceed to develop its fleet by including one new plane each two weeks.
“Thanks in no small part to Jhunjhunwala, for which we will always be grateful, Akasa Air is a well-capitalised airline with the financial means to induct 72 aircraft over the next five years. In fact, our financial platform is strong enough to allow Akasa to place an aircraft order in the next 18 months that will be significantly larger than our first. In simple terms, our growth is secure,” he emphasised.
“We at Akasa Air continue to mourn the passing of Jhunjhunwala. For those of us at Akasa that got to know him and whose lives he has touched, this is a deep personal loss… anyone that saw him on our inaugural flight on August 7th knows how proud he was of each Akasa employee and partner. On our part, we couldn’t be prouder and more fortunate to have known him,” Dube mentioned.
Additional, Dube mentioned that Akasa Air will honour Jhunjhunwala’s legacy, values, and perception in us by striving to run a rare airline.
“… nowhere in the world is an airline conceived and born in 12 months. Normally, a child is born in 9 months, we took 12 months,” he had mentioned on the ceremony the place the primary flight was flagged off nearly by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The minister had mentioned the day was an important day within the historical past of civil aviation in India.
Other than Vinay Dube and Aditya Ghosh, Belson Coutinho, Anand Srinivasan, Bhavin Joshi, Neelu Khatri, Sanjay Dube, Niraj Dube, and Praveen Iyer are a part of the airline’s founding staff, in keeping with its web site.
Akasa Air is the primary scheduled home provider to be launched in India in practically a decade. The nation’s airline trade is slowly recovering after being considerably impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.