Air India is the oldest and most popular airline in India. This airline is part of the Indian government owned by Air India Limited (AIL). It is ranked 16th among the leading airlines in Asia. It continues to be an Indian national airline with a worldwide network of passenger and freight services.
Air India was previously founded as Tata Airlines in 1932, but had to cease operations during World War II. After the war, the company resumed its services in 1946 and became a joint stock company called Air India.
On June 8, 1948, the company launched international services with a weekly flight from Mumbai to London via Cairo and Geneva. Under the Air Corporation Act of 1953, the government nationalized the aviation industry and Air India International Limited was born.
The main hubs of the airline are located at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and at Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. Airlines previously had an international airport at Frankfurt International Airport, but were closed in 2010 due to a number of failures and losses that the company caused. The chairman of the company announced that it will make Indira Gandhi International Airport their international and domestic hub.
In 1960 he entered Jet Age and won the first Boeing 707 420, which was named Gauri Shankar and registered as VT-DJJ. The first jet services were launched to New York via London. After 2 years it became the first airline in the world. The airline entered the Guinness World Records Book for the largest evacuation carried out by a civilian airliner, evacuating more than 111,000 people from Amman to Mumbai – a distance of 4,117 km, operating 488 flights with Indian Airlines during August to October 1990, and the operation lasted 59 days. The operation was carried out during the Gulf War in 1990.
The combined losses for Air India in the financial year 2009-2010 were Rs. 770 crores. Airlines currently operate to approximately 44 destinations worldwide. It also has code sharing agreements with many international airlines to expand coverage.
It provides cabin services First class, Executive class and Economy class. Other services include luxury lounges for first- and executive-class passengers at specific ground terminal destinations. The company has duty-free sales of its flights, known as "Sky Bazaar". Airlines are now a proud partner of Star Alliance and should be linked by Alliance Air and Air India Express. In 2006-2007, airlines began to show signs of a financial crisis.
The Maharaja Lounge is offered to first and business travelers. The headquarters is currently located at Nariman Point in southern Mumbai, where the airline moved in 1970. The building also served as the seat of Indian Airlines.