Air India, the state-owned international carrier of the country, today has an extensive worldwide network offering both passenger and cargo services to more than 140 destinations across east and South Asia and the Middle East, East Africa, South East Asia, Western Europe and the UK. With Air India and Indian Airlines aligning their resources together, it has now become a part of National Aviation Corporation of India Ltd along with two of their subsidiaries, i.e. Alliance Air and Air India Express. In addition to together servicing 52 cities within the country, both these airlines offer direct connections to more than 35 international destinations all over the world.
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.
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