India’s Akasa Air has announced a further expansion of its fleet with an order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft signed during the WINGS India civil aviation conference. 

The order marks a significant investment for the airline, which currently has a fleet of only 22 aircraft, and will include both MAX 10 and MAX 8-200 aircraft delivered steadily through to 2032. 

Vinay Dube, founder and CEO of Akasa, said: “Akasa’s remarkable growth testifies the sheer promise that India holds as an aviation market, and we are thrilled to be a part of this journey. 

“These additions to our fleet will help us bolster the strength of our operations as we expand our footprint and foray into international skies in the very near future. Each addition to our fleet brings us closer to our purpose of connecting people, places, and cultures.” 

While it only launched in August 2022, Akasa Air has been seeking to make a big impact on the Indian aviation sector as part of its desire to be a top 30 leading global airline by 2030, carrying 6.8 million passengers since its launch. 

Including its recent purchase, Akasa now has a backlog of 204 aircraft on order following its initial agreement with Boeing to buy 72 aircraft in 2021, and an additional 4 aircraft order at the Paris Air Show in June 2023. 

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The airline is currently set to fly an exclusively 737 MAX fleet, with its other orders including 23 737-8s and another 53 737-8-200s. 

Akasa says that the order also aligns with its “commitment to sustainability” thanks to the 737 MAX family’s greater fuel efficiency, 20% carbon emissions reduction and 50% lower noise footprint than previous generation planes. 

The strong order will be welcome news for Boeing and the 737 MAX family, which is currently facing a high level of scrutiny after an Alaska Airlines MAX 9 suffered a door plug blowout mid-flight, leading the US FAA to ground 171 of the aircraft and increase oversight of the aircraft manufacturer’s production.