Twitter Pics: Celebrations in the air as AirAsia India takes off maiden flight from B'lore to Goa

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Bangalore, June 12: As the much awaited AirAsia India took off its maiden flight from Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport to Goa at 3.44 pm on Thursday, it's official Twitter account posted some pics to show the live inaugural day celebrations.

The new entrant had late last month announced the opening of bookings for the inaugural flight and offered fares as low as Rs 990 for the Bangalore-Goa flight.

AirAsia India, the Indian arm of the Malaysian no-frills airline headed by Tony Fernandeson June 12 became the fourth budget carrier in the country -- after IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir.

"Our first service onboard A-320 of Airbus is going full, as we have sold all 180 seats within minutes after booking was opened on our website May 30," AirAsia India chief executive Mittu Chandilya told reporters at the Bangalore international airport.

"We will continue to charge on average Rs.990 per ticket on most of our routes to compete with Indian Railways than with other low-cost carriers," Chandilya asserted.

"We will soon announce the new routes we will operate after our second flight to Chennai from Bangalore commences June 19," Chandilya said on the occasion.

Over the next three months, the airline plans to connect nine regional cities with Bangalore, including Hubli and Mangalore in Karnataka and Jaipur in Rajasthan.

"We have given a list of cities that will be connected to the regulator (DGCA) and are waiting for its approval. We will announce the schedule next week," Chandilya said.

The airline plans to connect 10 cities with 10 A320 family aircraft in the first year of its operations, with majority of services in southern India, connecting metros with tier-2 and tier-three cities.

The airline has about 300 people on rolls to commence its operations.

Here is some Live action of the "new kid on the block", caught on camera via Twitter:

OneIndia wishes 'Happy Journey' to all the passengers and crew of the maiden flight of AirAsia India!

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