Founded by J.R.D. Tata as Tata Airlines in 1932, it restarted regular commercial services in India after the end of World War II and became a public limited company in July 1946 taking the name Air India.
The Government of India bought a 49% stake in the airline in 1948 and the airline was allowed to operate international services from India with a flight from Mumbai to London via Cairo and Geneva. After the Air Corporations Act of August 1953 nationalized the airline industry in India, Air India International Limited was born. It entered the jet age in 1960 when its first Boeing 707 was delivered. It started flying to New York via London in the same year. In June 1962, the airline's name was shortened to Air India.
It operates various types of aircraft which include Airbus A310, Boeing 747, Boeing 747-300M, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 777-200A, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 767-300ER.
It has expanded its fleet by inducting 22 aircraft - four B777-200ER, five B747-400s, one B747-400 Combi and 12 Airbus 310s during the recent years. Many new flights have been introduced. The new sectors include:
- India-Paris-Newark (NJ)
- Delhi-Los Angeles via Frankfurt
- Shanghai from Mumbai via Delhi-Bangkok
- Seoul from Mumbai via Delhi-Hong Kong
- London from Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai
- Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto sector
- Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London sector
A new subsidiary airline - Air India Express has been launched by Air India from April 29, 2005. It presently operates 57 flights per week from nine locations in India, namley Amritsar, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram to six destinations in the Gulf. In the financial year ending March 31, 2006, Air India made a net profit of Rs. 97 million.
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Last Updated on 6 September 2010