Sunday, August 14, 2022

Jhunjhunwala's last public appearance was at Akasa Air's inaugural flight

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, who held a 40 percent stake in Akasa Air, appeared publicly for the last time at the airline's inaugural flight between Mumbai and Ahmedabad on August 7.

"Normally a child is born in 9 months, we (Akasa Air) took 12 months. It would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Ministry of Civil Aviation," he had said in his short speech at the Mumbai airport.

Nowhere in the world has an airline been conceived and born in 12 months, he had said.

"I must thank you (Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia) because people say that India has a very very bad bureaucracy but the cooperation that the Ministry of Civil Aviation has given us, is unbelievable," he had mentioned.

After giving his speech, Jhunjhunwala also traveled on the inaugural flight.

Scindia had virtually inaugurated the first flight of the airline from Delhi. In a statement, Akasa Air said it was deeply saddened by the demise of Jhunjhunwala ''Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Jhunjhunwala's family and friends. May his soul rest in peace,'' Vinay Dube, founder, and CEO of Akasa Air said in the statement.

''We at Akasa cannot thank Mr. Jhunjhunwala enough for being an early believer in us and putting his trust and faith in us to build a world-class airline. Mr. Jhunjhunwalah had an invincible spirit, was deeply passionate about everything Indian and cared greatly for the wellbeing of our employees and customers,'' it said.

Dube said Akasa Air will honor Jhunjhunwalah's legacy, values, and belief in us by striving to run a great airline.

Akasa Air, a low-cost carrier, is currently operating flights on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Bengaluru-Kochi routes. It will start operating services on the Bengaluru-Mumbai route and Chennai-Mumbai route on August 19 and September 15, respectively.

14/08/22 PTI/Devdiscourse

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