Air India is the flag carrier of India, headquartered at New Delhi. It is owned by Air India Limited, a government-owned enterprise and operates a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft serving 94 domestic and international destinations. The airlines have its hub at Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi, alongside several focus cities across India. Also, it is the largest international carrier out of India with an 18.6% market share. Also, Air India serves over 60 international destinations across four countries. Furthermore, it became the 27th member of Star Alliance on 11 July 2014.
J.R.D. Tata founded the Air India in 1932. Tata himself flew its first single-engine de Haviland Puss Moth, carrying air mail from Karachi to Bombay’s Juhu aerodrome and later continuing to Madras. After World War II, it became a public limited company and was renamed as Air India. On 21, February 1960, it took delivery of its first Boeing 707 named Gauri Shankar and became the first Asian airline to induct a jet aircraft in its fleet. In 2000-2001, attempts were made to privatise Air India and from 2006 onwards, it suffered losses after its merger with Indian Airlines.
Air India also operates flights to domestic and Asian destinations through its subsidiaries Alliance Air and Air India Express. And Air India’s mascot is the Maharajah (Emperor) and the logo consists of a flying swan with the wheel of Konark inside it.
Logo and Livery:
Air India’s colour scheme is red and white. The aircraft was painted in white with the red palace-style carving on the outside of the windows and the airline’s name written in red. This name is written in Hindi on the port side fuselage and in English on the port side tail. On the starboard side fuselage, the name is written in English and in Hindi on the starboard tail. Its window scheme was designed in line with the slogan Your Palace in the sky.
The aircraft was earlier named after India’s kings and landmarks. In 1989, to supplement its Flying Palace livery, Air India introduced a new livery that included a metallic gold spinning wheel on a deep red-coloured tail and a Boeing 747, Rajendra Chola, was the first aircraft to be painted in the new colours.
The first logo of this flight was a centaur, a stylised version of Sagittarius shooting an arrow in a circle representing the wheel of Konark. This logo chosen by founder J.R.D. Tata was introduced in 1948 and represented the airline until 2007. On 22 May 2007, Air India and Indian Airlines unveiled their new livery consisting of a Flying Swan with the wheel of Konark placed inside it.
On 15 May 2007, Air India refreshed its livery, making the Rajasthani arches along with the windows slightly smaller, extending a stylised line from the tail of the aircraft to the nose and painting the underbelly red. The new logo features on the tail and the engine covers with red and orange lines running parallel to each other from the front door to the rear door.
The Boeing 777-200LR/777-300ER and Boeing 747-400 aircraft operated on long haul flights are in a three-class configuration. Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A321 aircraft have two class configurations. Airbus A320 aircraft operates on domestic and short-haul international flights are in either an all-economy configuration or a two-class configuration. Airbus A319 aircraft has a full economy configuration. This serves meals on all international flights and on domestic flights with a flight duration of over 90 minutes.
Air India aircraft are equipped with Thales i3000 in-flight entertainment system. Passengers can choose from five channels airing Hindi and English content. Showtime is the official entertainment guide published by Air India. Shubh Yatra is bilingual in-flight magazines published in English and Hindi by Air India.
The Maharaja Lounge is available for the use of First and Business class passengers. Air India shares lounges with other international airlines at International airports that do not have a Maharaja Lounge available.
Gulf War Evacuation:
The airline entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people evacuated by civil airliner. Over 111,000 people were evacuated from Amman to Mumbai, a distance of 4,117 kilometres, by operating 488 flights from 13 August to 11 October 1990- lasting 59 days.
The operating was carried out during the Persian Gulf War to evacuate Indian expatriates from Kuwait and Iraq. This event was later featured in the film Airlift
If you are planning to fly with Air India, then you can click on the link given here; www.airindia.in
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