Wednesday, February 09, 2022

AirAsia India gets nod for 1st international flight

Bengaluru: Tata Group’s AirAsia India (AAIPL) has finally got the nod to operate its first international flight this month, nearly eight years after it started operations. The low cost carrier, in which Tatas own 83. 6% and could shortly acquire the remaining 16. 4% from Malaysian AirAsia Berhad, will operate a nonscheduled cargo flight on Kochi-Dubai-Kochi route.

The airline’s first flight was in June 2014 and it achieved a fleet size of 20 aircraft in December 2018. It then met the 0/20 rule — no minimum requirement on number of years in operation and at least 20 aircraft in fleet — to fly abroad. But a number of cases over the airline’s effective control prevented the government from giving that clearance.

09/02/22 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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