Akasa Air, backed by Rakesh Junjunwala, delivers its first Boeing 737 Max

Akasa Air, backed by billionaire investor Rakesh Junjunwala, received the delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max, in New Delhi on Tuesday.

With this, the newest Indian airline is already one step closer to obtaining permission from the airline to start operations.

Akasa Air received the ceremonial keys to the plane in Seattle on June 15, according to a statement. This is the first of 72 aircraft the airline has ordered from Boeing Co.

“Akasa Air today welcomed the arrival of the first of its 72 Boeing 737 Max aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport, in the presence of its leadership team,” the statement said. “The arrival of our first aircraft … marks an important milestone that brings us closer to our vision of building the most environmentally friendly, reliable and affordable airline in India,” said Vinay Dubet, Founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Director of Akasa Air.

Boeing is proud to partner with Akasa Air as they embark on their journey to make air transport inclusive and accessible to all, said Boeing India President Salil Gupte.

“India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and offers great opportunities for growth and productivity of the aviation industry,” he said. “We are excited that the Boeing 737 Max will help Akasa Air increase efficiency in business and operations while providing its customers with a superior flight experience.”

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