32 Facts About Air India


Air India is the flag carrier airline of India, headquartered at New Delhi.

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Air India operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 102 domestic and international destinations.

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Air India is the largest international carrier out of India with an 18.

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Air India operates flights to domestic and Asian destinations through its subsidiary Air India Express.

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Air India's mascot is the Maharajah and the logo consists of a flying swan with the wheel of Konark inside it.

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Air India had its origin as Tata Air Services later renamed to Tata Airlines founded by JR D Tata of Tata Sons, an Indian aviator and business tycoon.

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In 1953, the Government of India passed the Air Corporations Act and purchased a majority stake in the carrier from Tata Sons though its founder JR D Tata would continue as Chairman till 1977.

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Air India was renamed as Air India International Limited and the domestic services were transferred to Indian Airlines as a part of a restructuring.

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In May 2004, Air India launched a wholly owned low cost subsidiary called Air-India Express connecting cities in India with the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

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Until 2007, Air India mainly operated on international long-haul routes while Indian Airlines operated on domestic and international short-haul routes.

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In July 2009, State Bank of India was appointed to prepare a road map for the recovery of the airline.

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On 1 March 2009, Air India made Frankfurt Airport its international hub for onward connections to the United States from India.

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In January 2013, Air India cleared a part of its pending dues through funds raised by selling and leasing back the newly acquired Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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Air India became the 27th member of the Star Alliance on 11 July 2014.

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Air India was supposed to take the charge on or before 1 April 2022, but declined the offer in the backdrop of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch demanding Tata Sons to rethink its decision and the government to show sensitivity since the matter involved national security issues.

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Air India Limited is headquartered at the Indian Airlines House, New Delhi.

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Air India moved its headquarters from Air India Building, Mumbai to Delhi in 2013.

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Air India maintains a corporate office on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan as well as numerous cargo offices worldwide.

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Air India Regional was established as Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian Airlines on 1 April 1996 and started operations on 21 June 1996.

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Air India Express began operations on 29 April 2005 and was initially owned by Air India Charters.

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Air India became the first Asian airline to operate freighters when Air India Cargo was set up in 1954 and started its freighter operations with a Douglas DC-3 aircraft.

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Air India Cargo ended freighter aircraft operations in early 2012.

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In 1989, to supplement its Flying Palace livery, Air India introduced a new livery that included a metallic gold spinning wheel on a deep red-coloured tail and a Boeing 747, Rajendra Chola, was the first aircraft to be painted in the new colours.

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On 15 May 2007, Air India refreshed its livery, making the Rajasthani arches along the windows slightly smaller, extending a stylised line from the tail of the aircraft to the nose and painting the underbelly red.

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Air India built a collection of Indian art from 1956 to the mid 2000s.

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The artwork was often sent to be hung in Air India booking offices around the world and used in menus and advertising material.

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Air India became the 27th member of Star Alliance on 11 July 2014.

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Currently Air India has many narrow body aircraft for domestic destinations like A320, A321 and A320 neo.

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On 17 June 2019, Air India grounded its last Airbus A320 classic fleet, which flown its last flight from Delhi to Mumbai.

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On 24 April 2014, Air India issued a tender for leasing 14 Airbus A320 aircraft for up to six years, to strengthen its domestic network.

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Air India serves meals on all international flights and on domestic flights with a flight duration of over 90 minutes.

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Air India aircraft are equipped with Thales i3000 in-flight entertainment system.

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