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Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:52 am

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?


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


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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.
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RE: Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:55 am

You will find answers to all your questions here: -

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

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RE: Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 1:21 am

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

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RE: Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 4:59 am

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.
 
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RE: Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:16 am

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.
 
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RE: Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:32 am

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.
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RE: Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:05 am

I've always wondered how Air India flys JFK-LHR despite Bermuda II. Anyone know?
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RE: Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:08 am

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.
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RE: Air India: History & Present Questions

Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:11 am

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.
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