International Airlines

India, the hub of tourist destinations, receives visitors from all across the globe, Various leading airlines of the world operate to and from India, connecting it to the outer world. Some of the leading international airlines operating out of India include:

  • Emirates: The eighth largest airline of the world in 2008, Emirates Airlines is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group. Operating out of United Arab Emirates, it connects 101 destinations across 61 countries. Counted amongst the top ten carriers in terms of revenue, Emirates is also the largest airline in the Middle East. With a wide base in Southeast Asia, Emirates is also planning to expand its reach to Latin America.

  • Thai Airways International: The international Airlines of Thailand, Thai Airways was established in May 1960, as a joint venture between the Scandinavian Airlines System and Thai Airways Company. Operating out of Thailand, it runs some of the longest non-stop commercial flights. The airlines operate flights to Southeast Asia, India, China, Middle East, Europe, Japan and Australia.

  • Jet Airways: One of the largest airlines of India, Jet Airways connects 63 destinations through 400 daily flights. Ranked as the seventh best airlines of the world by, Jet Airways operates flights to Asia, Europe, North America and the Oceania region. The airline is also known for its on-board facilities and international standards.

  • Air India: The flag carrier of India, Air India is the sixteenth largest airline in Asia. Connecting over 25 destinations, it is the second largest airline of India in terms of carrying passengers. Air India merged with Indian Airlines in 2007, retaining its original name. The leading name of the Indian aviation industry is expected to join Star Alliance in 2009.

  • Kingfisher Airlines: Established in 2005, Kingfisher Airlines is one of the leading air carriers of India. Owned by the United Breweries Group, it has network in over 38 cities across India as well as world. With its high class in-flight services, Kingfisher Airlines has got five star rating from Skytrax, a UK based subsidiary of Inflight Research Services. It has also bagged a number of awards including India's No. 1 airlines in customer satisfaction by Business World.

  • Singapore Airlines: The national airline of Singapore, Singapore Airlines is one of the widely opted airlines in Southeast Asia. It is the largest air carrier in the world in terms of market capitalization. The airline is also counted amongst the top fifteen air carriers in the world in terms of revenue passenger kilometers. Singapore Airlines has initiated first non-stop air services between Singapore and the United States of America in 2004 with the start of flights from Singapore to Los Angeles.

  • Air France: Operating out of France, Air France is ranked amongst the leading airlines of the world. This largest European airline provides passenger and cargo services to 183 destinations in various parts of the world. This former national flag carrier of France was the largest airline in the world in terms of operating revenues in 2004.

  • Lufthansa: The national airline of Germany, Lufthansa is ranked the fifth largest airline of the world in terms of passenger carried. With Frankfurt International Airport as its hub, it has network across 209 destinations in 81 countries of the world. Air Dolomite, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and JetBlue are some of the well-known subsidiaries of Lufthansa.

  • British Airways: Based in London, British Airways is counted amongst the leading air carriers in the world. Connecting Jeddah, Riyadh, New York, Dublin, Kolkata, Dhaka and Zurich, it has London Heathrow and London Gatwick as its operating hubs. Enlisted on London Stock Exchange, British Airways has BA CityFlyer and OpenSkies as its subsidiaries.