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AirAsia India to start flying from June 12

Last updated on: May 29, 2014 16:36 IST

Image: Stewardesses pose in front of an Airbus A340 passenger jet.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

AirAsia India will begin operating flights in the country from June 12, with ticket sales starting Friday, the new carrier's Malaysian parent AirAsia chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said on Thursday.

AirAsia India, a joint venture between AirAsia, Tata Sons Arun Bhatia's Telestra Tradeplace, was granted flying licence by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation earlier this month after 9-month-long wait and various legal hurdles.

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AirAsia India to start flying from June 12

Image: The logo of Malaysia's low-cost airline AirAsia Berhad is pictured on a structure as its staff undergo training at its academy in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur.
Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

Fernandes announced the launch of flights on micro blogging platform Twitter, saying that the ‘first flight (will be on) June 12’ and ticket sales will open on Friday.

It could not be immediately ascertained as to what will be the route of the first flights for AirAsia India, which has made Chennai its hub.

There are conjectures that the first flight could be from or to this southern city.

The existing carriers operating in India include low-cost private players like IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, as also full service airlines like Jet Airways and state-run Air India.

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AirAsia India to start flying from June 12

Image: AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes.
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

AirAsia has been preparing its ground-work for launch of flights since a long time, including by putting in place the required manpower, including Mittu Chandilya as its CEO.

AirAsia India, whose top officials have promised to offer low and competitive airfares, will focus on connecting Tier-II cities to begin with.

The start-up carrier recently completed inspections, including the Airbus A-320 craft, monitored by the DGCA.

These test flights went on for over 10 hours across five sectors as per the DGCA regulations.

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