Acasa Air To Redeploy Fleet, New Aircraft With 15 Fewer Seats Due To Supply Chain Issues
November 18, 2022: Its 11 new aircraft will have a 2-2 seat configuration in the first three rows due to supply-side constraints.
The plane will have 174-seats with a 2-2 seat configuration in the first three rows with extra width and legroom. Newly launched Akasa Air is facing global supply chain disruptions, forcing the airline to go for fleet reconfiguration.
It will induct 11 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with 15 fewer seats (174 instead of 189) between November this year and March next year due to sourcing challenges.
Its 11 new aircraft will have a 2-2 seat configuration in the first three rows due to supply-side constraints.
The plane will have 174-seats with a 2-2 seat configuration in the first three rows with extra width and legroom.
The fare for these 2-2 seats will be the same as offered for the rest of the economy seats, however, a separate seat selection fee for these seats called A++ will be Rs. 2500 will be.
While our current extra legroom A+ seats cost Rs. 1500 will be available, the airline said. “We are facing some global supply chain issues that prevent us from reconfiguring these aircraft interiors in a timely manner.
We have had some delays on three components of the reconfiguration,” founder and chief executive Vinay Dubey told reporters on Monday.
Akasa Air will continue to operate single-aisle, all-economy service at affordable fares with no change to our pricing strategy.
The airline also added that due to short-term global supply chain issues across various industries, including aviation, it can expect some changes to Akasa Air’s cabin interiors in the coming months.
The airline is facing bottlenecks in the delivery of seats, USB ports, and seat fabric. The three-month-old airline, with a fleet of seven aircraft in India, operates nine routes – Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chennai, Delhi, Agartala, and Guwahati.
Deliveries of these eleven 737 MAX aircraft are scheduled to begin in November 2022. However, the airline said the 2-2 seat configuration will become standard in the next 6-9 months and the original 189-seater aircraft will be available after easing supply constraints.
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