Air India is the flag carrier of India and is one of the best airlines in the country. The schedule flight services of Air India started from October 15, 1932. This was when the Founder of Air India and Father of Civil Aviation in the country, J.R.D. Tata flew from Karachi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad. Presently, the airline manages a fleet of 12 B777-300ERs, 20 Airbus A-321s and 19 A-319s along with 8 B777-200LRs. With its impressive fleet, the airline manages to serve customers in an effective manner. Making the flying experience trouble free are its comfortable seats, in-flight entertainment and dedicated efforts of the courteous crew. For the convenience of the customers, the airline has started online booking of air tickets and web check-in services. Apart from reasonable air fare, the airline offers various lucrative schemes to its passengers, like companion scheme, credit card offers and student offers. Air India not only excels in hospitality and services but also offers a fine dining experience on-board. The menu served on Air India Flights ranges from Indian to Continental that cater to the taste of one and all. The Economic Times Brand Equity Survey has recognised Air India for its impeccable services for the fifth time in 2010.less
Air India operates numerous direct and indirect international flights from many Indian cities, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata to name a few. On the domestic front, the airline operates from 62 cities across northern, Eastern, Western and Southern region. Air India offers direct flights to selected European countries Like London, Frankfurt and Paris from main metropolitan cities in the country. It also serves cities in Asia-Pacific region, such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore. Air tickets for Air India Flights can be availed for various destinations like Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Sharjah in Gulf & Middle-East region. Air India’s low air fare has made it a favourite in destinations like USA and Canada, operating in cities like Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Toronto. The online booking facility has simplified the ticketing process. Travellers can now book tickets to their favourite destinations that include Colombo, Kathmandu, Male and Yangon. With world-class cuisine being served on flights, entertainment facility and excellent hospitality, Air India has become a reliable partner for many national and international travellers. Moreover, the T-3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport gave it an opportunity to connect with more international destinations and also up it schedule to provide more flights. Less
Air India's fleet has a total operational fleet of a whopping 149 passenger planes, out of which 35 are Wide Body Planes and 114 are Narrow Body. Other than these, there are 10 freight careers. While most of the planes are used by Air India itself, a few of them have been leased out as well.
Awards & Recognition
Air India was rated as the Best Short-Haul International Airline - Galileo Express TravelWorld Award 2008. It was awarded the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand Award. It was hailed as the 'Best South Asian Airline' by readers of TTG Mice, TTG-BT Mice China, TTG Asia and TTG China, all of which are renowned Mice and business travel publications.
Air India History
Founded in 1932 by the father of Civil Aviation, JRD Tata as Tata Airlines, it was soon declared as the National Flagship Carrier and came to be know as Air India in 1946 (post World War II). From small starts such as this to acquiring the most prestigious planes on the block today, Air India's arsenal includes planes such as Boeing 737-800, Airbus A 320 and many other luxurious new entrants.