Air India is the national flag carrier of India. Air service in India started in 1932, when J.R.D Tata, considered the father of Indian civil aviation flew from Karachi’s Drigh Road airport in a single-engine aircraft to Mumbai. Headquartered in Mumbai, it operates from two major hubs, the Indira Gandhi International airport and the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport. Tata airlines became a public limited company in 1946 under the name Air India. The airline was acquired by the state in 1948 and soon and the first long-haul flight took off from Bombay to London on 8 June, 1948. The first Boeing was delivered in 1960 and jet service to London was also introduced the same year. On June 11, 1962, Air India became the first all jet airline in the world. View more on Air India, www.airindia.in.
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Air India offers its passengers an amazing assortment of rich Indian cuisines, each one distinct in flavor and taste. The food has the mystical and intrinsic quality of Indian hospitality and service. Meals can be pre-ordered to meet your preferences. Travel on board Air India with FlyLink. Use our search panel to find your flight deals with Air India.
High Quality Service
The First Class section is the new definition in luxury. Plush carpets, highly comfortable and reclining seats and sleeprette, ensure that you reach your destination fresh and ready to go. Two-abreast seating makes sure that you either have an aisle or a window seat. The ethnic interiors, gracious service and completely non-intrusive onboard staff make your travel with Air India an immensely pleasurable experience.
Exclusive Lounge Facilities
Air India offers exclusive lounge facilities for First Class and Executive Class passengers’ at most international airports. As they await their departure, they can enjoy some of the best luxury facilities in food and entertainment. Air India lounges has a well-stocked library where you can get the newspapers and magazines from all over the globe. Entertainment is provided from television and videos placed in the lounge. Business centers in the lounge have internet facility, telephone and fax to help you give final touches to your work. Shower facilities are also available.
Check-In and Baggage
First and Executive passengers can check-in by phoning designated telephone numbers at select airports. Advanced check-in facilities are also available for passengers travelling on certain routes. For First and Executive class passengers, two pieces of baggage of set dimensions and weight are allowed. Economy class travelers can carry baggage up to 23 kg but it is better to check up baggage facilities for individual airports and routes.
Air India's Route Network
Air India flies to 11 domestic and 18 international destinations spread across 11 countries. It flies to Asia, Europe and North America. It has codeshare agreement with eight major international airlines.
Air India's Fleet
Air India has a large fleet which includes Airbus A310-300, 320, 319 and 330-200. It also operates Boeing B777-200ER, 200LR, 747-400, 777-300-ER, 777-200A and Boeing 737-800. Boeing 787 Dreamliner is expected to join the fleet in June 2011.
Flying Returns is Air India’s frequent flyer program. You can earn mileage points and redeem them for travel awards, much faster than other awards program. Redeeming mileage points on select routes is also possible with non-airline partners. You can earn a free ticket to the destination of your choice if you clock enough mileage points. Access to premium facilities and the lounges is possible for dedicated Air India travelers.