Air India is the oldest and most popular in India. These airlines are part of Air India Limited (AIL) owned by the Indian government. Ranked 16th among the best airlines in Asia. National Airlines of India continues with a global network of passenger and cargo services.
Air India had previously started as Tata Airlines in 1932 but had to close its operations during World War II. After the end of the war, the airline restored its services in 1946 and became a public limited company called Air India.
On June 8, 1948, the company started its international services, with a weekly flight from Mumbai to London via Cairo and Geneva. Under the Airline Act of 1953, the government nationalized the air transport industry, and Air India International Limited was born.
The main hubs of the airline are at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The airlines had earlier had their international status at Frankfurt International Airport but were closed in 2010 due to the number of setbacks and losses caused by the airline. The president announced that they would make Indira Gandhi International Airport their international and domestic hub.
In 1960, she entered Jet Age and acquired the first Boeing 707 420, named Gauri Shankar and registered as VT-DJJ. The services of the first aircraft to New York City began via London. Two years later it became the first jet airline in the world. The airline entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest evacuation by a civilian aircraft, evacuating more than 111,000 people from Amman to Mumbai – a distance of 4,117 km, operating 488 flights in cooperation with Indian Airlines, during the period. From August to October in 1990 this process lasted for 59 days. The operation was carried out during the Persian Gulf War in 1990.
Combined losses for Air India in the 2009-10 fiscal year were Rs. 770 crores. The airline currently operates around 44 destinations worldwide. It also has code sharing agreements with several international airlines to expand coverage.
It provides first class, executive, economy class cabin services. Some other services include luxury lounges for first class and executive travelers in selected destinations at ground stations. The company has duty-free sales for its flights, known as "Sky Bazaar". Airlines are now a proud partner in Star Alliance and you should be connected to Alliance Air and Air India Express. In 2006-2007, airlines began to show signs of financial crises.
The Maharaja Lounge offers First and Business Class travelers. Headquartered at Nariman Point in southern Mumbai, the company moved there in 1970. The building was also the headquarters of Air India.