Good news for pet owners! India’s new airline, Akasa Air will open a special cabin for pets on board. The company's management team said in a press conference today in New Delhi that passengers can now travel with their pets in the cabin.
"We will now allow pets on board on Akasa flights as part of our commitment to creating an inclusive travel experience," said Belson Coutinho, co-founder and CMO of Akasa Air, as quoted by CNBC 18.
To create an inclusive travel experience, the official statement by the airline company stated that pets will travel in the cabin and cargo compartment. A pet weighing up to 7kg will be allowed in the cabin.
Akasa Air has become the second airline company to allow pets on flights. Till now, only Air India allowed "small inoffensive domestic pets" like dogs, cats and birds, accompanied by Health and Rabies vaccination certificates, to fly.
The Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-backed airline started its operations in August this year. The first flight took off from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. The newly-launched carrier is aiming for 250 flights every week.
This year, the company will connect eight cities across India, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chennai, Delhi, Agartala and Guwahati.
As per the company's website, the airline will induct a fleet of 72 brand-new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft over a period of five years. Each aircraft is set to have modern sculpted sidewalls and LED lighting. Akasa Air was founded by late stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and aviation industry veteran Vinay Dube.