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AirAsia sets flight date

New Delhi, May 29: AirAsia India has slotted its first flight on June 12 and will sell tickets from tomorrow.

Tony Fernandes, the CEO of the Malaysian parent AirAsia, announced the date on Twitter.

“Very very proud to announce AirAsia India open for sale tomorrow. Wow. First flight June 12th. See you all in India on the 12th,” he said. This also marks the re-entry of the Tatas in the aviation sector.

AirAsia India is a joint venture of Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia, Tata Sons and Telestra TradePlace.

Sources said tickets would be available online.

The airline, which has made Chennai its hub, did not elaborate on the route of the first flight.

“AirAsia India would be opening for sales tomorrow! Guess where we would be flying to,” AirAsia India CEO Mittu Chandilya tweeted soon after Fernandes’s announcement.

The airline had received the flying permit from the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation on May 7. However, the approval is subject to the outcome of a writ petition against the airline. The Delhi high court will hear the petition on July 11. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and the Federation of Indian Airlines have moved the court against the Centre’s permission to the airline.

AirAsia has drawn out an aggressive sales and marketing strategy. The company says its fares will be the cheapest at 30-35 per cent discount to rates offered by rivals.

Analysts said AirAsia would intensify competition among existing players who would have to make concentrated and united efforts to take on the latest entrant.

Jet move

Jet Airways today announced the expansion of its code-sharing agreement with Etihad to various destinations across the globe. The move will also enhance the position of Jet’s hubs in Mumbai and Delhi.

 
 
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