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Air India is the flag carrier of India. Based at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, the airline flies to over 100 destinations across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. The airline is the biggest international airline in India with the largest international route network and is the third-largest Indian airline overall, behind IndioGo and Jet Airways. Although it has a large Indian domestic flight offering, the airline is seen primarily as the main airline flying in and out of the country.
Air India launched under the name Tata Air Services/Tata Airlines in 1932, rebranded as Air India in 1946 and gained its status as India's national airline in 1953 when it became a government-owned company. In 2007, Air India merged with India's other state-owned airline, Indian Airlines and took on all of its domestic services.
In recent years, Air India has put in multiple requests to the government of India for the privatisation of the airline. However, despite this, it is yet to get privatisation. If Air India does get privatisation, it will still remain the national carrier of India.
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Baggage policy will vary depending on the cabin class you purchased at the time of booking.
Air India passengers are permitted one item of free carry-on baggage, weighing a maximum of 8kg. The dimensions of the baggage must not exceed 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm (21.6" x 13.7" x 9.8"). This applies to all flights operated by Air India.
For Domestic Flights:
Economy Class: 25 kg, 158 cm (62") overall (length x width x height)
Business Class35 kg, 273 cm (107") overall (length x width x height)
First Class40 kg, 273 cm (107") overall (length x width x height)
Infants (all classes)10 kg
For International Flights:
International flight baggage allowance is dependent on the departure and destination airport and the class that the passenger is flying. Find out the full free baggage allowance for each route.
Air India has 3 different cabin classes that you can purchase at the time of booking - Economy Class, Business Class and First Class.
Air India Economy Class provides a range of facilities for passengers flying in Economy, suitable for budget travellers.
Economy Class Facilities
Air India Economy Class passengers can enjoy:
Economy Class Seats
Passengers can select seats in Economy Class on selected routes for a small fee. They can choose from having a middle seat, window or aisle.
Economy Class seats on short-haul flights have 73–76 cm (29–30" ) of seat pitch and 45 cm (17.8") of width in a 3 x 3 formation.
Economy Class seats on long-haul flights have 78–83 cm of seat pitch (31–33") and 45 cm (18") of width in a 3 x 3 x 3 formation.
Air India doesn't offer Premium Economy on its flights. For ultimate comfort and luxury, book a flight in Business or First Class.
Air India's Executive Class offers Business and Leisure passengers an exclusive and luxurious in-flight experience.
Business Class Facilities
Before boarding, Business Class passengers with Air India can avoid the hustle and bustle of the airport and enjoy exclusive check-in and lounge facilities. Once onboard, passengers are treated to delicious entrees as well as an excellent selection of wines in a spacious cabin with extra-comfortable seats.
What Are Business Class Seats Like?
Air India's Business Class on its long-haul flights operated by the 747 aircraft offers each passenger an aisle or window seat due to its 2 x 2 x 2 formation. On other aircraft on long-haul, seats are set out in a 2 x 3 x 2 formation. These seats give 193 cm (76") of seat pitch and 50 cm (20") of width.
On short-haul flights, seats are set out in a 2 x 2 formation and give 101 cm (40") of seat pitch and 53 cm (21") of width.
Fly in the lap of luxury with Air India's First Class. With outstanding service, excellent dining experience and pillow-soft seats, the First Class Cabin is for those that are looking for the ultimate flying experience.
Air India First Class Facilities
Air India's First Class includes an extensive menu, which differs from region to region. As well as a full drinks menu, with wine and liqueurs. Passengers can also enjoy a personal TV screen at each seat, with a full entertainment system and access to duty-free shopping.
Does Air India First Class Facilities Have a First Class Lounge?
Air India has a lounge at Delhi International Airport which is exclusive for Business Class and First Class passengers.
What Does Air India First Class Include?
In addition to its amazing food and drink menu, passengers flying in First Class with Air India can also enjoy 180-degree recline seats. The First Class Cabin is exclusive and only sits 12 passengers. This means passengers will always have plenty of room and privacy.
First Class Seats
First Class seats are set out in a 2 x 2 x 2 or 1 x 2 x 1 formation, ensuring that each passenger gets either an aisle or window seat. First Class seats give 203 cm of seat pitch (80") and 58 cm (23") of width.
Air India offers a large number of channels and movies for passenger's inflight entertainment. This service is not currently available on board Airbus aircraft.
Find travel documentaries, popular Hindi shows and cartoons when flying Air India. There's something for every member of the family on board your Air India flight.
When flying with Air India, you can choose from a range of films including new Hindi releases as well as Bollywood classics. There's also a range of classic Hollywood films as well as foreign language films.
Air India doesn't offer Wi-Fi on any of its flights as of now.
With inspiration from Indian flavours and cultures, Air India provide delicious food onboard. Meal offerings vary depending on the route and class flying and the time of day, with breakfast, lunch and dinner served.
Passengers can select their preferred meal choice before flying, but if no meal is requested, an Indian Non-Vegetarian Meal will be served as normal.
First and Executive class passengers are offered a premium menu onboard their flights, to see the menu offered in the region you are travelling in, check the Air India food page and click the appropriate region.
Air India offers a range of different special meals for its passengers, including religious meals, medical meals and meals for infants. Passengers must request their special meal 48 hours before flight departure, especially for Economy Class. For passengers with nut allergies, Air India advise passengers to bring their own food aboard as nuts are served on board. See below for a full list of available special meals:
RELIGIOUS MEALS: Asian Veg Meal (AVML), Hindu Meal (non-veg) (HNML), Kosher Meal (KSML), Jain Meal (VJML), Vegetarian Meal (VGML) and Muslim Meal (MOML).
MEDICAL & DIETARY MEALS: Bland Meal (BLML), Diabetic Meal (DBML), Fruit Platter (FPML), Gluten Free Meal (GFML), Lacto-ovo Vegetarian Meal (VLML), Low-calorie Meal (LCML), Low Fat / Low Cholesterol Meal (LFML), Low Sodium Meal (LSML), Non-Lactose Meal (NLML), Raw Vegetable Meal (RVML), Seafood Meal (SFML), Vegetarian Oriental Meal (VOML).
CHILD & BABY MEALS: Baby Meal (BBML) and Child Meal (CHML).
Air India offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as part of their complimentary drinks service on board if the length of the flight allows for it. Business and First class passengers are offered a wider range of beverages, with often multiple brands to choose from.
Air India allows you to check in online from 48 hours - 2 hours prior to your flight scheduled time. If you're not able to check in online, then you can check in at the airport.
Passengers can check in online for their flights. This service is available on the Air India online check-in page 48 hours before departure and up to 2 hours before departure.
Alternatively, passengers can check in for their flight at the airport. This can be done either by visiting one of the check-in agents at the airline check-in desk or by using the self-service kiosks to check in.
Air India's frequent flyer programme is called 'Flying Returns'.
Flying Returns is a frequent flyer loyalty program that rewards passengers who fly with Air India, members of the Star Alliance, select Air India codeshare partners and those that purchase from the airline's non-airline members. For each purchase, passengers gain miles that can be spent toward a future Air India or partner airline flight.
Air India is a member of Star Alliance, which is the world's largest airline alliance. Air India is the main central Asian airline that is part of Star Alliance. Due to Star Alliance, Air India passengers can enjoy a range of benefits from all member airlines and will be able to reach parts of the world that are beyond Air India's route network.
Air India flies to over 100 destinations across 5 continents. Click below to see all the cities and airports that it flies to.
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Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary airport for Delhi, India and is the hub airport for Air India. The airport is the busiest airport in India, handling around 70 million passengers per year. It currently has three terminals and three runways. However, plans to add a fourth runway and a fourth, fifth and six terminal have been put in place.
Red-eye flights are flights that depart late at night and arrive early in the morning of the next day. Air India flies a handful of red-eye flights - some popular routes include New Delhi to Tokyo and Mumbai to Singapore. Read our Air India red-eye flights guide to find out how to book these types of flights through Alternative Airlines.
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