Akasa Air ground B737 Max plane after noticing engine fuel leak

Akasa Air grounded a B737 Max on Tuesday after an engine fuel pump leaked, aviation industry sources said.

The airline has canceled a few flights in the past two days due to the grounded plane, which has the registration code VT-YAC, they said on Thursday.

The new carrier, which has four aircraft in its fleet, currently operates with three aircraft. He is looking to find spare parts to fix the fuel pump in VT-YAC’s engine, the sources said.

An official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) confirmed the grounding of VT-YAC due to “engine fuel pump out of order”.

The airline did not respond to questions sent by ‘Business Standard’.

Akasa Air earlier announced that its fleet size will increase to 18 planes – all B737 Max – by March 2023. By March 2027, the airline plans to have 72 B737 Max planes in its fleet.

Akasa Air, which operated its first commercial flight on August 7, occupied 52.9% of seats through August 31, according to DGCA data.

The airline operates flights between five cities across the country. From October 7, it plans to start operating flights on the Delhi-Bengaluru and Delhi-Ahmedabad routes.

DGCA data showed Akasa Air carried 24,000 passengers on its flights in August, earning it 0.2% market share. IndiGo is the market leader as it carried 5.83 million passengers within the country, recording a market share of 57.7%.

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