Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Air India: History & Present Questions  
User currently offlineWayfarer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7628 times:

Hello,

I am curious about Air India itself.

What year did Air India start flying? What cities did they fly to when they started service?


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Mel Lawrence
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © John F. Ciesla



View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Yoshiaki Hoshina
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Mick West



What aircraft type does Air India fly today? Only 2 types? How many cities do Air India serve today?


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Europix
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Charles Falk



What is flight like on Air India? Is Air India in good financial shape?

Last question: Is Air India going to get a new scheme on their planes in the near future?

Many thanks for your answers, comments, and replies.

8 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineHimmat01 From India, joined Dec 2004, 1047 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7609 times:

You will find answers to all your questions here: -

http://www.airwhiners.net/whine_cheez/20040726.htm

Himmat



An airplane might disappoint any pilot but it'll never surprise a good one.
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7570 times:

Quoting Wayfarer (Thread starter):
What year did Air India start flying?

1932 as Tata Airlines
1946 as Air India Limited
1948 as Air India International
1962 as Air India
1994 as Air India Limited

Quoting Wayfarer (Thread starter):
What cities did they fly to when they started service?

1932 : Karachi - Ahmedabad - Bombay - Bellary - Madras
1948 : Bombay - Cairo - Geneva - London

Quoting Wayfarer (Thread starter):
What aircraft type does Air India fly today?

16 Boeing 747s
20 Airbus 310s
3 Boeing 777s
3 Boeing 737-800s

Quoting Wayfarer (Thread starter):
How many cities do Air India serve today?

44 destinations worldwide, including 12 gateways in India

Regards
Alex



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2881 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7464 times:

Quoting Wayfarer (Thread starter):
What is flight like on Air India?

Only your luck and experience can tell, but barring the time and IFE factor the flights are absolutely fantastic.


User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4895 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7417 times:

Air India used to be one of the great airlines of the world under the dynamic leadership of JRD Tata. They have had the distinction of winning Best Transatlantic Service awards way back, as well as being the first all-jet airline.

When Air India International 'AII' became nationalized under a socialist zietgiest, it's values also changed towards providing transportation for everyman. Miss Indias no longer sought employment as F/As on the airline, and the best and brightest no longer sought to work at India's most glamorous employer.

I am not sure if this is good or bad. AI was also criticized by Indians as too snooty in its service, even though Indian hypersensitivity in these matters is well-known. In a swing to the other extreme, AI over the years became a downmarket airline everybody loved to complain about (like Aeroflot). However, it did serve its core low-cost market, Indian migrants, quite well and they have retained a strong loyalty to the brand. I've heard comments on 'you get what you pay for' etc but along came Jet and shattered the notion that Indian passengers didn't deserve any better. They, like everybody else, behave quite well when treated well!

Every Indian would like AI, India's flag carrier, to be a shining example of what India can do - look at India's great hotels in the hospitality sector. However, short of returning the airline to the Tatas, this is not likely to happen.

Post Independence, the Government of India spent heavily on a national industrial infrastructure; but 58 years later, private-sector India knows how to run its businesses quite well, and one wonders if there really is a need for an Air India in its present form anymore, much less a need for government to be involved in running an airline.


User currently offlineOB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7395 times:

Hi Wayfarer:

Our friend B747-437B wrote a fantastic thread one year ago. It was perhaps the greatest thread on a.net for me.

Here it is:
History Of Every Aircraft Operated By Air India (by B747-437B Jul 22 2004 in Civil Aviation)

The saddest coincidence: AI lost two planes on the same Franco-Swiss mountain a few years apart, a Constellation and a 707.

Enjoy the whole story, as I did.



I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4372 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7369 times:

I've always wondered how Air India flys JFK-LHR despite Bermuda II. Anyone know?


The Best Care in the Air, 1984-2009
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32567 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7370 times:

Quoting JpetekYXMD80 (Reply 6):
I've always wondered how Air India flys JFK-LHR despite Bermuda II. Anyone know?

Simple. Bermuda II does not apply to non-US/UK carriers. Kuwait Airlines also flies JFK-LHR.



a.
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7378 times:

Quoting JpetekYXMD80 (Reply 6):
I've always wondered how Air India flys JFK-LHR despite Bermuda II. Anyone know?

If you want an overview, see

Bermuda II Synopsis (by B747-437B Jun 12 2002 in Civil Aviation)

Summary courtesy B747-437B...

...we owe 'im for this, because a summary of this antiquated crap is damn near impossible to find anywhere else.


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Air India : Look Good? No Questions Asked... posted Mon Feb 16 2004 22:29:26 by Mehtabrahman
Air India 144/145 Delay Questions posted Fri Jan 3 2003 23:24:58 by Lfutia
Pride Air (MSY) History And Routes Questions posted Tue Aug 28 2001 23:18:55 by Tom in NO
Air France - India Increases & News posted Fri Jul 7 2006 23:14:30 by B742
Air India To Lease Upto Four 747-400 & 11 737-800 posted Wed Mar 1 2006 17:31:29 by LAXDESI
Air India 777, 787 Orders & Possible Routes posted Wed Nov 23 2005 18:28:04 by LAXDESI
Air India & Indian Airlines Cockpit Pics Anyone? posted Fri Dec 17 2004 18:31:40 by RobK
Air India & Alitalia posted Sun Sep 5 2004 15:42:09 by Bobnwa
History Of Every Aircraft Operated By Air India posted Thu Jul 22 2004 23:00:43 by B747-437B
Air Services Between Thailand & Germany Questions posted Mon Jul 14 2003 20:37:40 by Hkg82