Mittu Chandilya has been named chief executive of AirAsia's joint venture in India.
AirAsia's group chief executive Tony Fernandes confirmed the appointment in a tweet, saying that Chandilya "is coming home to change Indian travel, and make it affordable for all Indians to fly".
Prior to his appointment as AirAsia India's chief executive, Chandilya was head of services practices for Asia-Pacific at executive search firm Egon Zehnder, according to information found on his LinkedIn profile.
AirAsia had originally targeted to launch its Indian joint venture operations in the fourth quarter of this year, but recently said that it is now working towards a September start, subject to regulatory approval.
The carrier is expected to launch with a fleet of three or four Airbus A320s on services to secondary cities in the south of India.
AirAsia India, which will be based in Chennai, is a joint venture between AirAsia and Indian businesses Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace. AirAsia will hold a 49% stake in the venture, while Tata and Telestra will hold a 30% and 21% stake in the carrier respectively.