FACTOID # 1: Idaho produces more milk than Iowa, Indiana and Illinois combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
RELATED ARTICLES
People who viewed "Ail" also viewed:
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Air India
IATA
AI
ICAO
AIC
Callsign
Air India
Founded 1932
Hubs Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport
Focus cities / secondary hubs Chennai International Airport
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
Hindustan Airport
Frequent flyer program Flying Returns
Member lounge Maharajah lounges
Alliance
Fleet size 42
Destinations 44
Parent company Air India
Headquarters Mumbai, India
Key people V. Thulasidas (Chairman)
Website: http://www.airindia.in


Air India (Hindi: एअर इंडिया) is the national flag carrier airline of India with a network of passenger and cargo services worldwide. It is one of the two state-owned airlines in the country, the other being Indian Airlines. Its main base is Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, with hubs at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Chennai International Airport. The airline connects 44 destinations around the world, including 12 gateways in India. Image File history File links Air_india_logo. ... IATA Airline Designators are two-letter codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An Airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (also transliterated as Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport), formerly Sahar International Airport, is an airport in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. ... Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, located in the city of Delhi, India is one of Indias main domestic and international gateways. ... In the airline industry, a focus city is a location that is not a hub, but from which the airline has flights to at least several destinations other than its hubs. ... Chennai International Airport is located in Meenambakkam, 7 km south of Chennai, India. ... Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is an airport located in Dum Dum, West Bengal, India, near Kolkata (Calcutta). ... HAL Airport or Hindustan Airport (IATA code: BLR; ICAO code: VOBG) is the currently operating domestic and international airport for the city of Bangalore. ... A Frequent Flyer Program is a service offered by many airlines to reward customer loyalty. ... An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... The Skyteam logo The OneWorld logo The Star Alliance logo An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate for the foreseeable future on a substantial level. ... Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ) (pronounced in Marathi, and in English), formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is the most populous Indian city with a 2005 estimated population of about 18 million. ... A chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... Hindi (हिन्दी hindÄ«) is an Indo-European language spoken mainly in North, Central India and Western India. ... This article is about Flag carrier as a transportation term. ... A Boeing 747-400 belonging to Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the UKs largest airlines. ... New A319 OF Indian Airlines rebranded as Indian Indian Airlines (Hindi: इंडियन एयरलाइन्स) is Indias state owned primarily domestic airline, under the federal Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and based in New Delhi. ... Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (also transliterated as Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport), formerly Sahar International Airport, is an airport in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. ... Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ) (pronounced in Marathi, and in English), formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is the most populous Indian city with a 2005 estimated population of about 18 million. ... Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, located in the city of Delhi, India is one of Indias main domestic and international gateways. ... The Humayuns Tomb, situated in New Delhi, has an architectural design similar to the Taj Mahal. ... Chennai International Airport is located in Meenambakkam, 7 km south of Chennai, India. ...

Contents


History

Air India traces its history back to October 15, 1932 when its founder, J. R. D. Tata flew a single engined De Havilland Puss Moth registered VT-ADN carrying air mail (postal mail of Imperial Airways) from Karachi's Drigh Road Aerodrome to Bombay's Juhu Airstrip via Ahmedabad. The aircraft continued to Madras via Bellary piloted by a Royal Air Force pilot Neville Vincent. That same year, the airline was formally established as Tata Airlines, a division of Tata Sons Ltd. (now Tata Group). Following the end of World War II, regular commercial service was restored in India and Tata Airlines became a public limited company on 29 July 1946 under the name Air India. October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in Leap years). ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) is a leap year starting on Friday. ... Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (July 29, 1904–November 29, 1993) was a pioneer aviator and important businessman of India. ... Until 1920, Geoffrey de Havillands de Havilland Aircraft Company had been known as Airco, where he was owner and chief designer. ... The Imperial Airways Empire Terminal, Victoria, London. ... Karachi (كراچى) is the largest city in Pakistan and the capital of the province of Sindh. ... This article or section should be merged with Mumbai Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the worlds most populous conurbation, and is the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world. ... The Juhu Aerodrome located in Mumbai, was Indias first civil aviation airport opening in 1932. ... Ahmedabad (અમદાવાદ in Gujarati) or Ahmadābād is the largest city in Gujarat and the 7th largest city in India with a population of 5 million. ... Madras refers to: the Indian city of Chennai, formerly known as Madras, the former Indian state, now known as Tamil Nadu (Plural of Madra): Ancient people of Iranian affinites, who lived in northwest Panjab in the Uttarapatha division of ancient India. ... Bellary is a city and district in Karnataka state, India. ... The Royal Air Force (often abbreviated to RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Tata is one of the oldest and best-known groups of companies in India. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th century conflict that engulfed much of the globe and is accepted as the largest and deadliest... July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...

The Air India building in Mumbai
Enlarge
The Air India building in Mumbai

1948 was a significant year in the history of the airline when 49% of it was acquired by the Government of India, with an option to purchase an additional 2% at any time. In return, the airline was granted status to operate international services from India as the designated flag carrier under the name Air India International. On June 8, 1948 a Lockheed Constellation L-749A named Malabar Princess and registered VT-CQP took off from Bombay bound for London via Cairo and Geneva. This marked the airline's first longhaul international flight, soon followed by service to Nairobi via Aden. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x664, 52 KB) Air India headquarters, Bombay Source: Taken by me on 11-Aug-2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Air India ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x664, 52 KB) Air India headquarters, Bombay Source: Taken by me on 11-Aug-2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Air India ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This article is about Flag carrier as a transportation term. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lockheed L-049 Constellation TWA was one of the best-known Constellation operators. ... This article or section should be merged with Mumbai Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the worlds most populous conurbation, and is the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ... Although technically in Giza, The Great Pyramids have become a symbol of Cairo internationally Cairo (Arabic: القاهرة; transliterated: al-Qāhirah) is the capital city of Egypt (and previously the United Arab Republic) and has a metropolitan area population of approximately 15. ... Geneva (French: Genève, German: Genf, Italian: Ginevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland, situated where Lake Geneva (known in French as Lac Léman) flows into the Rhône River. ... Nairobi skyline Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. ... The oil refinery and Tanker port of Little Aden were operated by British Petroleum (now Beyond Petroleum) It was the capital of the Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen until that countrys unification with the Yemen Arab Republic when it was declared a free trade zone. ...


On 1 August 1953, the Government of India exercised its option to purchase a majority stake in the carrier and Air India International Limited was born as one of the fruits of the Air Corporations Act that nationalised the air transportation industry. At the same time all domestic services were transferred to Indian Airlines. In 1954, the airline took delivery of its first L-1049 Super Constellations and inaugurated services to Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo. August 1 is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... New A319 OF Indian Airlines rebranded as Indian Indian Airlines (Hindi: इंडियन एयरलाइन्स) is Indias state owned primarily domestic airline, under the federal Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and based in New Delhi. ... Lockheed L-049 Constellation TWA was one of the best-known Constellation operators. ... Bangkok from the Chao Phraya River at sunset, July 2004 The Wat Phra Kaew temple Bangkok Metropolitan Administration building Bangkok, known in Thai as Krung Thep (กรุงเทพฯ), or Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (กรุงเทพมหานคร, IPA: ), is the capital and largest city of Thailand, with an official 1990 population of 8,538,610. ... View of Tokyos Shibuya district Long a symbol of Tokyo, the Nijubashi Bridge at the Kokyo Imperial Palace. ...


Air India International entered the jet age in 1960 when its first Boeing 707, named Nandadevi and registered VT-DJJ, was delivered. Jet services to New York via London were inaugurated that same year. On June 8, 1962 the airline's name was officially truncated to its current form of Air India. On June 11, 1962 Air India became the world's first all-jet airline. BOAC 707 at London Heathrow Airport in 1964 The Boeing 707 is a four engined commercial passenger jet aircraft developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 13. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...

Air India Boeing 747-400
Air India Boeing 747-400

In 1970, Air India moved its offices into its own custom built skyscraper in downtown Bombay. The next year, the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 747-200 named Emperor Ashoka and registered VT-EBD. This coincided with the introduction of the 'Palace In The Sky' livery and branding. A distinctive feature of this livery is the paintwork around each aircraft window, in the cusped arch style of windows in Mughal palaces. Image File history File links Air India Boeing 747-400 (VT-AIC) landing at London (Heathrow) Airport. ... Image File history File links Air India Boeing 747-400 (VT-AIC) landing at London (Heathrow) Airport. ... This article or section should be merged with Mumbai Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the worlds most populous conurbation, and is the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-412 The Boeing 747, commonly called the Jumbo Jet, is one of the most recognizable modern airliners and is the largest airliner currently in airline service. ... The Mughal Empire (alternative spelling Mogul, which is the origin of the word Mogul) of India was founded by Babur in 1526, when he defeated Ibrahim Lodi, the last of the Delhi Sultans at the First Battle of Panipat. ...


In 1986 Air India took delivery of Airbus A310s. The airline is the largest operator of this type in passenger service. In 1988, Air India also took delivery of two Boeing 747-300s in mixed passenger-cargo configuration. Royal Jordanian A310-300 The Airbus A310 is a medium- to long-range widebody airliner developed from the Airbus A300 and manufactured by Airbus Industrie. ... The Boeing 747, which is also known as the jumbo jet, is the second largest passenger airliner after the Airbus A380. ...

Close-up on an Air India Boeing 747-400
Close-up on an Air India Boeing 747-400

In 1989, to supplant its "Flying Palace" livery, Air India introduced a new livery that was mostly white but had a golden sun on a red tail. Only applied to around a half of Air India's fleet, the new livery failed to "take off" as the Indian flying public raised a hue and a cry about the phasing out of the classic colours. The new livery was dropped after two years and the old scheme was re-introduced. Since then, Air India has been hesitant to radically change the paint scheme, instead opting for minor updates and facelifts. Close-up on the nose of an Air India Boeing 747-400 (VT-AIC) landing at London (Heathrow) Airport. ... Close-up on the nose of an Air India Boeing 747-400 (VT-AIC) landing at London (Heathrow) Airport. ...


In 1993, Air India took delivery of the new flagship of its fleet when the first Boeing 747-400 named Konark and registered VT-ESM made history by operating the first ever nonstop flight between New York and Delhi. Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-412 The Boeing 747, commonly called the Jumbo Jet, is one of the most recognizable modern airliners and is the largest airliner currently in airline service. ...


In 1994 the airline was registered as Air India Ltd. In 1996, the airline inaugurated service to its second US gateway at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport. In 1999, the airline opened its dedicated Terminal 2-C at the newly renamed Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. ... It has been suggested that OHare Modernization Program be merged into this article or section. ... Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (also transliterated as Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport), formerly Sahar International Airport, is an airport in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. ... Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ) (pronounced in Marathi, and in English), formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is the most populous Indian city with a 2005 estimated population of about 18 million. ...


The 21st century has seen Air India introduce new services to Shanghai in China, as well as two new US gateways at Newark Liberty International Airport and LAX. Template:Squirrels The 21st century is the century that began on 1 January 2001 and will last to 31 December 2100. ... Shanghai (Chinese: 上海; Pinyin: ; Shanghainese IPA: ; Lumazi: Zanhe) , situated on the banks of the Yangtze River Delta, is Chinas largest city. ... |} Newark Liberty International Airport (formerly Newark International Airport) (IATA: EWR, ICAO: KEWR) is an international airport within the city limits of both Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States. ... LAX may refer to Los Angeles International Airport LAX (TV series) Lacrosse (sport) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

Air India Boeing 747-400 queues for take off at London Heathrow Airport
Enlarge
Air India Boeing 747-400 queues for take off at London Heathrow Airport

Air-India has registered a profit of Rs 133.85 crores (Approx USD 30 million) in the financial year ending March 31, 2003, after taking into account the deferred tax benefit. In the year 2002, it recorded a net profit of Rs 15.44 crores. Air-India earned a total revenue of Rs 5658 crores (Approx USD 1.26 billion) in 2002-03 as against Rs 5017 crores (Approx USD 1.1 billion) in the previous year. The airline has ambitious plans to expand its network and acquire new aircraft. The newly elected Government of India has appointed Mr.Praful Patel, as the Minister for Civil Aviation who plans to make the airline "A Maharaja of the Skies ". ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1230, 187 KB) Air India Boeing 747-400 (VT-AID, named Kaziranga) queueing for take off at London (Heathrow) Airport, England. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1800x1230, 187 KB) Air India Boeing 747-400 (VT-AID, named Kaziranga) queueing for take off at London (Heathrow) Airport, England. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-412 The Boeing 747, commonly called the Jumbo Jet, is one of the most recognizable modern airliners and is the largest airliner currently in airline service. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), often referred to simply as Heathrow, is the United Kingdoms busiest and best-connected airport. ...


In March 2004, Air India started non-stop flights from Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to London, Heathrow, making it the 3rd station from India (after Mumbai and Delhi). In December 2004, Air India leased three Boeing 777-222ER aircraft from United Airlines. With these three new B777s, Air India was able to introduce three new routes: Delhi-Frankfurt-Los Angeles, Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto, and Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London. 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Deaths • 08 Abu Abbas • 20 Queen Juliana • 28 Peter Ustinov • 30 Alistair Cooke More March 2004 deaths Ongoing events EU Enlargement Exploration of Mars: Rovers Haiti Rebellion Israeli-Palestinian conflict Occupation of Iraq Same-sex marriage in... Ahmedabad (અમદાવાદ in Gujarati) or Ahmadābād is the largest city in Gujarat and the 7th largest city in India with a population of 5 million. ... Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is an airport in Ahmedabad, India. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), often referred to simply as Heathrow, is the United Kingdoms busiest and best-connected airport. ... ← - 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in December • 30 Artie Shaw • 29 Julius Axelrod • 28 Jacques Dupuis • 28 Jerry Orbach • 28 Susan Sontag • 26 Reggie White • 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy • 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao • 23 Doug Ault • 19 Renata Tebaldi • 16... Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 at Changi Airport. ... United Airlines, the major subsidiary of UAL Corporation, is a major airline of the United States. ... This article deals with the metropolis of Delhi. ... â–¶ (help· info) is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... This article deals with the metropolis of Delhi. ... Amritsar (Punjabi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ, Hindi: अमृतसर), meaning Pool of the Nectar of Immortality, is a city in Punjab, India. ... The city from above Centenary Square. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength City of Toronto, Ontario, Canadas Location. ... This article deals with the metropolis of Delhi. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Kolkata (Bangla: কলকাতা, Hindi: कोलकता, alternate English Calcutta), is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and was capital of British India until 1912. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ...


Furthermore, in the course of 2005, Air India announced interest of commencing service linking Delhi and Mumbai to Houston, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. However, the authorities of Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport have attempted to lure the airline to form its first direct air link to India. The addition of any new U.S. services have yet to be announced.


Incidents and Accidents

Since 1970, Air India has suffered the following events:

Air India Flight 855 was a flight that crashed on 1 January 1978. ... Map of the Arabian Sea. ... Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (also transliterated as Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport), formerly Sahar International Airport, is an airport in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. ... Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ) (pronounced in Marathi, and in English), formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is the most populous Indian city with a 2005 estimated population of about 18 million. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... BOAC 707 at London Heathrow Airport in 1964 The Boeing 707 is a four engined commercial passenger jet aircraft developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... This article or section should be merged with Mumbai Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the worlds most populous conurbation, and is the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world. ... Air India Flight 182 was a Boeing 747 that exploded on June 23, 1985 while at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9500 m) above the Atlantic Ocean, south of Ireland; all 329 on board were killed, of whom eighty two were children and 280 were Canadian citizens. ... Gold coin of Kanishka I with a representation of the Buddha (c. ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... City motto: Concordia Salus (Latin: Well-being through harmony) Province Quebec Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area  - % water 366. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ... This article deals with the metropolis of Delhi. ... This article or section should be merged with Mumbai Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) is the worlds most populous conurbation, and is the sixth most populous agglomeration in the world. ... Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ) (pronounced in Marathi, and in English), formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is the most populous Indian city with a 2005 estimated population of about 18 million. ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Passenger Operations

Air India Express is a fully-owned subsidary of Air India.
Air India Express is a fully-owned subsidary of Air India.

Air India has 44 world-wide destinations. It also has code-sharing agreements with many international airlines to expand coverage. The airline carried 3.39 million passengers during the financial year ending March 2003 and achieved a load factor of 71.6 per cent, substantially higher than the 66 per cent load factor recorded in the preceding year. The airline has received a 4 star rating for cabin safety procedures from skytrax airline quality review. Three classes of seats are offered - First class, Executive class and Economy class. Flat bed seats are offered for first class passengers. The airline also offers a frequent flyer programme alone and in collaboration with many of its alliances. The airline also offers luxury lounges in its ground terminals for its First and Executive class travellers in select destinations within India. Air-India has duty free sale on board its flights effective June 1, 2003 named 'sky bazaar', meaning Market in the sky. Image File history File links AirIndiaExpressPlane. ... Image File history File links AirIndiaExpressPlane. ... Air India Express is a spin off from the parent airline Air-India the national airline of India. ... Skytrax is a United Kingdom-based researching company for commercial airlines. ... A Frequent Flyer Program is a service offered by many airlines to reward customer loyalty. ... This article is about a tax measure. ...


Cargo Operations

In 1954, Air-India started its freighter operations with a Douglas DC-3 Dakota aircraft, giving Air-India the distinction of being the first Asian airline to operate freighters. The airline operates regular cargo flights to many destinations of the world. The airline also has ground truck-transportation arrangements on select destinations. The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft which revolutionised air transport in the 1930s and 1940s, and is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made (also see Boeing 707 and Boeing 747). ...


A member of IATA, Air-India carries all types of cargo including dangerous goods (hazardous materials) and live animals, provided such shipments are tendered according to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and IATA Live Animals Regulations, respectively.


At the warehouse in Mumbai, Air India has developed an indigenous system of inventory management for cargo handling of import/export functions. This takes care of the entire management of cargo, supports Electronic Data Interface (EDI) messages with Indian Customs and replaces to a great extent existing paper correspondence between Customs, Airlines, and the custodians. This also replaces manual handling and binning of cargo at the warehouse in Mumbai by Air India.


Fleet

At November 2005:

Total fleet - 41 Royal Jordanian A310-300 The Airbus A310 is a medium- to long-range widebody airliner developed from the Airbus A300 and manufactured by Airbus Industrie. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-412 The Boeing 747, commonly called the Jumbo Jet, is one of the most recognizable modern airliners and is the largest airliner currently in airline service. ... Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 at Changi Airport. ...


The Air India Board has recently approved an acquisition plan at its meeting held in Mumbai on April 26, 2005. The acquisition plan envisaged procurement of 68 aircrafts:

  • 18 B737-800 aircraft for Air India's subsidiary Air India Charters Ltd. under whose umbrella the low cost airline Air India Express would be run.
  • 8 Boeing 777-200LR Medium Capacity Ultra Long Range aircraft in three-class configuration (including three options);
  • 15 B777-300ER Medium Capacity Long Range-350 seater, in three-class configuration (including five options); and
  • 20 B787 Medium Capacity Long Range-250 seater aircraft in two class configuration (including seven options).

Total cost of this acquisition is estimated to be Rs. 35000 crores ($7.5 billion) On December 15th,2005 the Indian Government board approved the buying of 68 jets from Boeing. Price negotiations are already made resulting in a $225 million rebate for Air India. The Boeing 777's will have Ge-90 engines and the Boeing 787 will have Genx engines. Boeing will set up MRO along with training facilities. The aircafts will start arriving from 2006 and will go until 2011. According to Boeing orders report 2005: Air India have finalised a deal with Boeing to buy 18 Boeing 737-8, 8 Boeing 777-240LR, 15 Boeing 77-300ER, and 27 Boeing 787-8. These orders include initial orders and firmed options that Air India combined into this deal.


Logo and Mascot

As it symbolises movement and speed, the Centaur, a stylised version of Sagittarius, was selected as Air-India's logo. The choice of a constellation was also intended as an allusion to the airline's original long distance routes with Lockheed Constellation aircraft. Image File history File links Airindiabrand. ... Image File history File links AImaharaja. ... Guido Reni, Abduction of Deianira, 1620-21 In Greek mythology, the centaurs (Greek: Κένταυροι) are a race part human and part horse, with a horses body and a human head and torso. ... Sagittarius ( , and Latin for Archer) is a constellation of the zodiac, commonly depicted as a centaur drawing a bow. ... A logotype, commonly known as a logo, is the graphic element of a trademark or brand, which is set in a special typeface and/or font, or arranged in a particular, but legible, way. ... Orion is a remarkable constellation, visible from most places on the globe (but not always the whole year long). ... Allusion is a stylistic device in which one implicitly references a related object or circumstance that has occurred or existed in an external context. ...


Air India's mascot, the Maharaja, is a turban clad king with over-sized moustache and a royal dress. "He may look like royalty, but he isn't royal" - these are the words of Bobby Kooka, the man who conceived the Maharajah. This figure first made his appearance in Air-India in 1946, when Bobby Kooka as Air-India's Commercial Director and Umesh Rao, an artist with J.Walter Thompson Ltd., Mumbai, together created the Maharajah. The word Maharaja (also spelled maharajah) is Hindi as well as ancient Sanskrit for high king (a karmadharaya from maha great and rajan king). Its use is primarily for Hindu potentates (ruler or sovereign). ...


Women Pilots

There are 17 women pilots on Air India's rolls, including five trainee pilots. On the occasion of the World Women's Day, March 3rd 2004, the airline operated an "All women Flight" from Mumbai to Singapore. Capt. Rashmi Miranda, who became Air-India's first woman Commander in November 2003 and Capt. Kshmata Bajpai, piloted the flight, an Airbus A310 aircraft. The flight despatch activities relating to this flight was also coordinated by a woman Flight Despatcher, Ms Vasanti Kolnad. The Safety Audit on board was also conducted by another woman, Ms Harpreet D. Singh. For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ...


Awards and Recognition

  • The Airline entered the Guinness Book of World Records - The largest evacuation by a civil airliner, involving evacuation of over 111,000 people from Amman to Mumbai - a distance of 4,117 km, by operating 488 flights in association with Indian Airlines, during August 13 - October 11, 1990, lasting a total of 59 days.The operation was carried out during Persian Gulf War in 1990 to evacuate Indian expatriates from the region .
  • The airline received The Mercury Award for the years 1994 and 2003, from the International Flight Catering Association, for finest in-flight catering services.
  • Air India's security department became the first aviation security organisation in the world to acquire ISO 9002-1994 certification(January 31, 2001).
  • The Department of Engineering, Air India, has obtained the ISO 9002 for its Engineering facilities for meeting international standards.

The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ... Amman (Arabic عمان ʿAmmān), the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, is a city of more than 1. ... Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ) (pronounced in Marathi, and in English), formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is the most populous Indian city with a 2005 estimated population of about 18 million. ... New A319 OF Indian Airlines rebranded as Indian Indian Airlines (Hindi: इंडियन एयरलाइन्स) is Indias state owned primarily domestic airline, under the federal Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and based in New Delhi. ... August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ... October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... See also: 2003 invasion of Iraq and Gulf War (disambiguation) C Company, 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, 1st UK Armoured Division The Persian Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations led by the United States. ... A international award conferred by the International Flight catering association http://www. ... ISO 9000 specifies requirements for a Quality Management System overseeing the production of a product or service. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

Trivia

  • The Indian Prime Minister's flight operated by Air India is called AI 001.

See also

Russell Peters is a hard-core Canadian stand-up comic of Indian descent. ... This is a list of airports that Air India flies to. ... Air-India Express is Air-India’s low-cost airline subsidiary that will launch operations on April 28, 2005. ... // Airlines on International Routes Air India Air India is the national flag carrier airline of India with a network of passenger and cargo services worldwide. ...

External links

  • AirIndia
  • Air India Fleet History
  • Fatal Events Since 1970 for Air India
  • Air India Fleet acquisition
  • Passenger opinions from AirlineQuality.com

Photos

  • from Airliners.net
  • from MyAviation.net
  • from PlanePictures.net
  • from JetPhotos.net
  • from PlaneSpotters.net

Fleet Details

  • DGCA aircraft register
  • AirFleets.net
  • PlaneSpotters.net


Lists of Aircraft | Aircraft manufacturers | Aircraft engines | Aircraft engine manufacturers This list of aircraft is sorted alphabetically, beginning with the name of the manufacturer (or, in certain cases, designer). ... This is a list of aircraft manufacturers (in alphabetic order). ... List of aircraft engines - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... This is a list of aircraft engine manufacturers both past and present. ...


Airports | Airlines | Air forces | Aircraft weapons | Missiles | Timeline of aviation This is a list of airlines in operation. ... This is a list of Air Forces, sorted alphabetically by country. ... This is a list of aircraft weapons, past and present. ... Below is a list of (links to pages on) missiles, sorted alphabetically by name. ... This is a timeline of aviation history. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Outside the Box (349 words)
AIL combines stimulating academic and social opportunities in a fun-filled 10-day experience that exposes participants to exciting and sophisticated areas of interest not usually found during the regular school year.
AIL is designed for gifted, talented, and creative learners who have completed grades 5 or 6 and are intersted in fast-paced, challenging opportunites.
AIL offers courses specifically designed to meet the particular learning needs of youth who are capable of high academic perfomance.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m