The announcement was made by Tony Fernandes, group chief executive of the Malaysian carrier, on Thursday.

AirAsia India will open ticket sales from Friday, Fernandes said in a Twitter message.

India's Tata Group and investment firm Telestra Tradeplace are AirAsia's partners in the venture.

AirAsia India, a joint venture between AirAsia, Tata Sons Arun Bhatia's Telestra Tradeplace, was granted flying licence by aviation regulator DGCA earlier this month after 9-month- long wait and various legal hurdles.
It could not be immediately ascertained as to what will be the route of the first flights for AirAsia India, which has made Chennai its hub. There are conjectures that the first flight could be from or to this southern city.
The existing carriers operating in India include low-cost private players like IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, as also full service airlines like Jet Airways and state-run Air India.
AirAsia has been preparing its ground-work for launch of flights since a long time, including by putting in place the required manpower including Mittu Chandilya as its CEO.
AirAsia India, whose top officials have promised to offer low and competitive airfares, will focus on connecting Tier-II cities to begin with.
The start-up carrier recently completed inspections, including the Airbus A-320 craft, monitored by the DGCA. These test flights went on for over 10 hours across five sectors as per the DGCA regulations.

The UPA government had on March 26 last year approved AirAsia's proposal to set up a new airline in partnership with the Tata Group and Arun Bhatia-promoted Telestra Tradeplace to create a low-cost airline in India.

The government’s decision was challenged by the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) in the Delhi High Court. The FIA opposed the permit granted to AirAsia and asked the court to restrain the company from selling tickets.

It also pleaded that the Centre should be restrained from allocating slots at airports to the airline as well as any scheduling of flights for AirAsia.

The petition stated that the Centre and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), by granting the permit to AirAsia, are over-reaching the authority of the High Court by hurriedly taking decisions that amount to fraud in the court process.

However, the High Court disposed of the plea while denying any relief to FIA and said there is no urgency in the case.

The High Court has been dealing with the case after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and the FIA moved the court, seeking to block the commencement of AirAsia operations.

Swamy opposed clearance of the deal and cited a government policy that says that FDI up to 49 percent is allowed in existing airlines that are already operating and not to a new or proposed joint venture.


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