The aviation industry and passengers are abuzz with the news of a new airline — AirAsia India — taking its maiden flight. Finally, after over a year of wrangling with the authorities (the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance was given in March 2013), lobbying by rivals and despite Subramanian Swamy’s protests, AirAsia India’s maiden flight will take off on 12 June. The aircraft will be the only one in its fleet, which came in around March 21st and has been lying around since.
My best wishes are with the airline — not only as a well-wisher of a sector that is doddering no matter where one looks (Jet Airways, SpiceJet and, of course, the grand old Air India) but also as a passenger. All passengers are enthusiastically celebrating AirAsia India’s tantalisingly low fares, as was evident on 4 June, when tickets for the 12 June flight sold out in less than 10 minutes.
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