AirAsia to begin operating in India by April 2014

AirAsia to begin operating in India by April 2014

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Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia will begin its operations in India by April 2014, as the company recently announced a joint venture with Tatas. Tony Fernandes, the chief of AirAsia informed about the progress during the World Economic Forum annual meeting.

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Fernandes said, “Our confidence grows by the day. We are very excited. I think it is a great time to go into India”. While talking to the media, he said that he was very bullish on India and expects to begin the operations in the country by March 2014 or April 2014.

Fernandes was also confident enough to say that he is optimistic regarding the fact that they can do something special in India. Mittu Chandilya is the CEO of AirAsia?s Indian business and other stakeholders of the company include Tata Group and Telstra Tradeplace. In September 2013, AirAsia India got the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Civil Aviation Ministry in order to begin airline operations in the country, after which it applied to receive a permit from the?aviation regulator.

The airline is planning to have a fleet of Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Initially, the airline will operate 4 to 5 planes and then will quickly expand to ten within one year. The airline has been named the world?s best low-cost airline and a pioneer of the low-cost travel in Asia.

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