The airline Air India
The airline Air India

The airline Air India (Air India). Official site.

Air India Limited is an aviation company, the flagship carrier of India, which carries out cargo and passenger air transportation within the country and beyond its borders. the state-owned airline is operated by the National Aviation Company of India Limited, which was created in 2007 year to facilitate the merger of Indian Airlines and Air India. The main hubs of the airline company are Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

At Air India are signed code-sharing agreement with 12 other international aviation companies, which enables it to operate flights to 130 the world's airports, including airports 12 India. It is expected to join the aviation company in July 2011, in Star Alliance.

Air India is a fully state-owned aviation company. With increasing domestic competition and fuel prices, Air India has requested 458 million from the Indian government in the form of concessional assets and loans. Air India in September 2008 received 3 billion US dollars for the development and modernization of the fleet. When for many years Air India dominated the skies of India, today it is the second most passenger carrier in India after Jet Airways, in addition, the company may also cede Kingfisher Airlines in the foreseeable future. Air India ranks third in India after these companies in terms of the local market share (considering subsidiaries).


Air India was established by J. R. D. Tata in 1932 year as Tata Airlines, a division of Tata Sons Ltd. (today - Tata Group). JRD Tata 15 October 1932 of the year flew as a pilot on a single-engine De Havilland Puss Moth, which transported mail (by Imperial Airways mail) from Karachi to Bombay via Ahmedabad. Then the plane followed to Madras via Bellary, the plane on this site was piloted by Neville Wintsent, a former pilot of the Royal Air Force.

In India, after the end of World War II, it was resumed and Tata Airlines became the first public company 29 July 1946 under the name Air India. In 1948, after the proclamation of India's independence, the share in the aviation company in 49% was bought by the government of India with an option to purchase another 2%. The aviation company as a result received the status of the flagship carrier and destination for international routes, the new name of the company became Air India International. 8 Airplane 1948 June 749 Lockheed Constellation L-1950A with its own name Princess Malabar and registration number VT-CQP carried out flight from Bombay to London via Geneva and Cairo. It was the first long-haul international flight of an airline company, which soon in XNUMX opened a flight to Nairobi via Aden.

The Government of India in August 1 1953 year decided to buy a controlling stake in the flagship carrier, and was created by the company Air India International Limited, which was stage of the aviation industry in India nationalization. Some domestic flights at the same time were transmitted IndianAirlines. Aviation company in 1954 has received its first aircraft Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation and opened flights to Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Air India International entered the era of jet aircraft in 1960 year, received his first 707 the Boeing, which received the registration number VT-DJJ and the name of Nanda Devi. Flights to New York on a jet plane via London began in May 1960 years. Aviation Company 8 June 1962 has received the name of Air India. Air India 11 1962 June of the year became the world's first aviation company, which only has jets.

The development of the aviation company

Air India transferred its office to the suburb of Bombay / Mumbai in 1970. The airline company next year received the first Boeing 747-237B, which was named Emperor Ashoka and the registration number VT-EBD. At the same time, a new livery and the motto 'Palace in the sky' appeared. The peculiarity of this livery is the coloring around each window of the plane in the style of the arched windows of Indian palaces. Air India received Airbus A1986-310 in 304; Aviation company has become the largest operator of passenger aircraft of this type. Air India received two Boeing 1988-747M in a mixed cargo and passenger configuration in 337. Air India in 1989, in its livery "Flying Palace" introduced the "sun", this livery was white with a golden sun on the red tail. Repainted in the new livery only half of the fleet of Air India - the passengers were unhappy with the change and they liked the classic colors more. Two years later, on all aircraft returned the old livery. Air India then avoided changing the radical color scheme, making only minor changes.

Air India in 1993 received a fleet flagship - Boeing 747 — 437, which received the name Konark and the registration number VT-ESM, which made the first non-stop flight between Delhi and New York. The airline company at 1994 was re-registered as Air India Ltd. In 1996, flights began from another US airport, O'Hara to Chicago. The airline in 1999 opened its own terminal 2-C at the renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

Air India in 2000 has opened new routes to Newark, Los Angeles, Shanghai. Air India in May 2004 year launched its draft loukost aviation company, which was named Air India Express. Air India Express began to merge with each other airports in India and South-East Asia and the Middle East. Air India has increased the number of international flights, opening flights from Ahmedabad and opened international flights from Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Aviation Company in March 8 2004 years, International Women's Day, executed flight "For Women Only" from Mumbai to Singapore. Piloted aircraft Airbus A310 Rashmi Miranda (the first female pilot of Air-India) and Bajpai Kshmata.

In 2007, the government decided to merge Indian Airlines and Air India. During the merger, they created the National Aviation Company of India Limited (or NACIL), which Indian Airlines (along with Air India Regional) and Air India (along with Air India Express) had to enter. At this point, the merger was completed, the new aviation company - which continues to be called Air India - also has its headquarters in Mumbai.

Star Alliance announced in December 13 2007 years that he had sent an invitation to Air India to become a member.


At Air India has two divisions:

  • Air India Express operates under IATA IX code;
  • Air India Cargo, the cargo division of the aviation company.


Air India flights serving the airport in 32 Asia, Africa, North America and Europe. Together with its contracts and units with other airline companies Air India is present worldwide in 130 airports.


In the new aviation aircraft company has a new livery, made the optimization of routes, each of the four units as at October 2008 had its own fleet of aircraft:

The Air India aircraft operated 4 families: Airbus A330, Airbus A310, Boeing 777 and Boeing 747; as of August 2010 years:

Air India Express, the low-cost unit of Air India, has its own fleet of 13 (+ 5 in the order) Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-8HG 7 and taken to lease.

Indian Airlines has a fleet of 68 (+ 23 ordered) aircraft Airbus A320-200, Airbus A319-100 and Airbus A321-200.

The average age of Air India fleet as was 2010 years (in addition to cargo aircraft) May 9.5 years.


The primary colors of Air liveries are white and red. The lower part of the aircraft - unpainted metal, at the top - the name of the aviation company in red on a white background. The name of the aviation company is written in Devanagari on the one hand, and on the other in English. The red palace is surrounded by windows that meets the slogan "your palace in the sky", written in the back of the aircraft. Planes are named after Indian rulers or kings. The tail is mostly painted red, it has an inscription on Devanagari on one side and on the other in English.

Air India in January 2007 updated livery, making Rajasthan arches around the windows a little less. In addition, the engine is now painted in red color, and the image of the centaur is now a golden color, is located on the engine and on the tail. This livery can be seen on the first Boeing 777-237LR in Air India, VT-ALA.

15 May 2007 Government announced the introduction of a new livery. New design elements combined liveries Indian Airlines and Air India. New livery presented July 17 2007 years on the new Boeing 777-222 and when Indian Airlines and Air India formally became a single aviation company, Indian Airlines has also called Air India. Old Navy both aviation companies will eventually be repainted in the new livery.

The emblem of the new aviation company is a flying swan with the image of Chakra Kornak. The Flying Swan is an adapted logo of Air India, a centaur, and Chakra Kornak is reminiscent of the Indian Airlines logo. The new emblem is depicted on the tail of the aircraft. Chakra Kornak depicted on the engines. The Flying Swan is depicted in red, the Chakra Kornak is shown in orange.

Basic color livery - ivory color, but red livery of Air India elements preserved. Parallel orange and red stripes in the new livery go from the first to the last door. The name 'Air India' written on the tail of the aircraft.

Codeshare agreements

Air India as a code-share agreements with the following air carriers in July 2008 years:

  • Air France **
  • Aeroflot **
  • Austrian Airlines (SA)
  • Air Mauritius
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Emirates Airline
  • Lufthansa (SA)
  • Indian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines (SA)
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Thai Airways International (SA)
  • Swiss International Airlines (SA)
  • Turkish Airlines (SA)

In connection with entering into 2009 by Air India in the Star Alliance (SA), and other code-share relationship with aviation companies alliance Sky Team ** and Oneworld * will apply only until December 2008 years.

Basic data of the airline Air India:

  • Country Airlines: India.
  • National Aviation Company of India.
  • Year of appearance AK: 1932.

Airline codes:

  • IATA airline code: AI.
  • ICAO airline code: AIC.

Air India (AirIndia). Official site:

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Contact details:

  • The main airports of the airline are: Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji, Delhi Indira Gandhi.

  • Airline mailing address: India, 400 021, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Narriman Point, AirIndia Building.

  • City Airline Phone: + 912226265555.

  • Airlines Fax: + 911123714546.

  • E-mail Airlines:

  • City Phone Russian representation of airlines: + 74952364440.

  • Domestic flights of airlines: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Delhi, Koshi, Kolkata, Pun, Lucknow. Mumbai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Shennai.

  • In the CIS countries airlines flights: Moscow.

  • International Flights Airline Bahrain, Bangkok, Vienna, Birmingham, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Dar es Salaam, Dammam, Jeddah, Jakarta, Dubai, Doha, Kuwait, KualaLumpur, Los Angeles, London, Muscat, Mauritius, Nairobi, Munich, New York, Newark, Paris, Osaka, Seoul, San Francisco, Istanbul, Singapore, Toronto, Tokyo, Zurich, Frankfurt am Main, Shanghai, Chicago, Riyadh.

  • The airline has the following types of aircraft: AirbusA319, AirbusA320, Airbus 321, AirbusA330-200, Boeing747-400, Boeing777-200, Boeing777-300, Boeing787.

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The aircraft in the flight began sharply bends to the right. In my mind I even had time to say goodbye to life. Fortunately I jumped a little flight attendant, who immediately jumping into multiple languages ​​beginning to calm the passengers and gave rise to panic.

Not allowed to bring on board the aircraft purchased water, hardly I tried to explain that I was flying with her husband and child and he needs special food. As a result, we missed the one small bottle, by the end of the flight the child began to cry. This leaves the Company simply disgusting impression as the rest was badly damaged.

I sat on their suitcases at the airport for over two hours, as they say, the plane crash was discovered before departure. The hotel is not provided. Because power was given a bottle of mineral water. Fly in the end was able to until the next day and can not even make a complaint to the company they're not to blame, that the planes are old and of poor quality.

Plane salon just in a normal state, there is nothing to fall off, but it is not visible even from traces of decoration. In general, a solid four. I am a lady overweight, so it was a little cramped, but the neighbors have got wonderful, all as on selection of middle age. So that the flight was a success!

30 April flown with this airline in India. There flew without delay, fine. But back ... First we had to fly from Bagdogra to Delhi and then from Delhi to Moscow. In 13: 45 should be run, but it turned out that the plane broke down. And none of the employees of the company is not going to explain what we do. All the running around, but really no one says anything. I had to shake the power that is required to issue a while waiting for more than four hours. As a result, we waited for eight hours and then found some plane flew not in Delhi and Calcutta, where we transplanted on another board.
Even steeper came with a flight from Delhi to Moscow - it was canceled without explanation. When we told that we can not wait to flights already 11 May. All are silent, no one knows anything. I had to have another airline to buy tickets.