AirAsia India's first flight on 12th June, ticket sales from Friday
Moneylife Digital Team 29 May 2014
AirAsia may look at making airfares 35% lower than the current average airfares as its officials had promised to make the carrier one of the cheapest airlines in India
AirAsia India, the $30-million tripartite joint venture between Tata Sons, AirAsia Berhad and Tekestra Tradeplace, is all ready to take its maiden flight on 12th June. The ticket sales would start from 30th May.
In a tweet, Tony Fernandes, AirAsia's group chief executive (CEO) said, "Very very proud to announce AirAsia India open for sale tomorrow. Wow. First flight June 12th."
Earlier this month, the carrier received operating permit from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). On 9th May, the Delhi High Court refused to stay grant of flying licence to AirAsia India by aviation regulator DGCA. The High Court was hearing a public litigation filed by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Dr Subramanian Swamy, which claimed the venture is a violation of the FDI guidelines for the civil aviation sector. 
AirAsia India is expected to launch services from it's Chennai base with three Airbus 320 aircrafts, and will mainly connect the Tier-II cities in India. They will also look to make the airfares 35% lower than the average airfares in the market currently, as the officials promise to make it one of the cheapest airlines in India. The startup carrier had completed the final inspections, including test flights of its Airbus 320, monitored by the DGCA.
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