The airline is prepared to start a new chapter when India’s first B737-8-200 (VT-YAV) is added to Akasa Air’s fleet. The National Civil Aviation Policy 2016, which mandates that an airline must have 20 aircraft in its fleet before it can begin conducting international operations, will be fulfilled by Akasa Air’s acquisition of its 20th aircraft.
Since this will be the first B737-8-200 aircraft in India, it will also be noteworthy for Indian aviation. The airline now operates 19 aircraft and has 76 aircraft on order, of which 23 are the MAX-8 and the remaining 53 are the B737-8-200.
The dimensions of the 737-8-200 are identical to those of the MAX 8 (or 737-8) in length, breadth, height, and wingspan, but it has an extra set of exit doors to make room for more seats. The number “200” represents the maximum number of seats it could hold.
In order to make room for more seats, three of the eight trolleys in the galley have been removed. For this, the restrooms have also been redesigned and relocated near the galley. Since seats with more legroom are marketed at a higher price, the additional safety exits could result in increased revenue for low cost airlines.
Airlines believe that given the lower costs offered, travellers would not have an issue with a narrower seat pitch for short-haul travel. As a result, the airline has configured the seats with a smaller pitch (the distance between a seat and the one in front of it).
The first airline in the nation to use this aircraft will be Akasa Air. The ‘-8-200’ was used for the first time by European LCC Ryanair. The airplane has 197 seats due to the airline’s reputation for cost-cutting.
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