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Air India is the flag carrier of India and is India's third largest carrier in terms of passengers carried behind IndiGo and Jet Airways.

 

Air India is owned by Air India Limited, a Government of India enterprise. Air India commenced services in July 1946 after World War II. The Indian flag carrier is headquartered in New Delhi with it's prime hubs located at Indira Gandhi International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

 

Air India has major domestic hubs at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai and secondary hubs at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata and Chennai International Airport.

 

Air India flies to many destinations including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Birmingham, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Dubai, Agartala, Agatti, Agra, Aizwal, Allahabad, Amritsar, Imphal, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Nagpur, Patna, Pantnagar, Port Bliar, Mumbai and many others.

 

Air India currently operates with a fleet size of 109 aircraft on a variety of aircraft. Their current fleet consists of Airbus A319, A320 and A321's whilst boasting Boeing's 737, 777 and 787's for long haul routes.

Air India currently shares codeshare agreements with Adria Airways, Air Astana, Air Canada, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, EgyptAir and many others.

 

Air India became the 27th member to join the Star Alliance in July 2014. The Star Alliance is the world's largest global airline alliance. The Sky Alliance has two tiers of their reward's program, Silver and Gold, with incentives including upgrades and priority boarding.

 

The Sky alliance now has 27 members operating with a combined fleet of over 4,000 aircraft serving more than 1,000 airports.

 


 

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21st September 2017

 

Air India plans to rationalise routes & contracts

Air India's new chairman and managing director, Rajiv Bansal, has outlined his plans to help turn the national airline around ahead of its planned privatisation. Speaking with The Press Trust of India, Bansal has said that routes operated by the carrier and its subsidiaries – Air India Express (IX, Mumbai Int'l) and Alliance Air (India) (9I, Mumbai Int'l) – will be rationalised, to avoid competition within the group and cut costs.

"We have to ensure that we don't compete which means that it is not that Air India or Air India Express withdraws but we can work with the timings. Wherever the passenger loads are not justified, either Air India or its subsidiaries can withdraw," Bansal said.

He noted that particularly for short-haul flights, Air India should "concede space to Alliance Air".

In a separate interview with the Financial Express, Bansal said that he is also looking to optimise contracts with vendors and suppliers. Bansal's focus is on small but steady progress, with savings to be pursued no matter how small.

"We must continue to chip away at the cost factor. My approach is to take one important initiative a week in this regard. It may be for as low as INR10-20 crore (USD1.5 – 3 million)," Bansal said. The Chairman is also confident of securing government-backed short-term loans of INR30 billion (USD466 million) to settle outstanding bills and put the carrier in a position to renegotiate terms.

Bansal did however rule out selling off Air India's slots. "Slots are our biggest assets. We don't want to surrender any slots," he said.

Describing his overall strategy in relation to Air India's proposed privatisation, Bansal is clear. "My mandate is to run the airline profitability and on commercial considerations. Apart from savings we are also aggressively looking for revenue optimisation, route rationalisation, better deployment of our assets and to add some new international routes in the short term."

Air India has been suffering from mounting debts and poor management for several years, and is currently surviving on government bailouts ahead of its planned disinvestment.

 

Source: ch-aviation

 

 

19th September 2017

 

Air India arrived in Copenhagen later the same day, beginning the three times weekly service from the Indian capital. Among the celebrations were a cake and ribbon cutting ceremony. Seen partaking in the cutting of the cake are: Morten Mortensen, Director of Airlines Sales and Route Development, Copenhagen Airport; Thomas Woldbye, CEO Copenhagen Airport; Rajiv Bansal, Chairman and MD, Air India; and Pankaj Srivastava, Commercial Director, Air India.

Air India has made Copenhagen (CPH) its second destination in Scandinavia after Stockholm Arlanda and its first in Denmark, with the Star Alliance member starting a three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) service from Delhi (DEL) on 16 September. “If there is one airline that is happy to expand its network to the world’s highest-ranking country on the happiness index, then it’s Air India,” said Pankaj Srivastava, Commercial Director of Air India at a ceremony at the Danish airport. “This new route to India is a historic breakthrough. The number of returning Indians has doubled worldwide over a few years. 

The 5,837-kilometre route will be flown by Air India on its fleet of 787-8s. With this launch, Air India now serves 10 destinations in Europe from Delhi, with Copenhagen joining Birmingham, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, Milan Malpensa, Paris CDG, Rome Fiumicino, Stockholm Arlanda and Vienna.  

 

 

23rd August 2017

 

Air India passengers can carry up to 25 kilograms baggage without extra charges

 

The new offer is a move by the carrier to attract more passengers as India sees a surge in number of air travellers. The airline's staff evacuated passengers from the flight after the bomb threat hoax

 

 

Moneycontrol News

Air India will allow its passengers to carry up to 25 kilograms of baggage without levying any additional charges. 

 

 

“#carrymaximum with #AI. A whopping 25kg extra baggage allowance at #NoExtraCost only with #AirIndia. #FlyAI” said the tweet which came out on Sunday. The new offer is a move by the carrier to attract more passengers. The debt-ridden Air India is looking to find solution to get out of the present situation, including privatisation.

 

The aviation industry has been witnessing a growth in traffic in the last few months. As per government data, 95.65 lakh people travelled in domestic market last July. The number is over 17 percent higher compared to the same period last year when the sector saw 85.08 lakh passengers.

Cashing in on this growth many airlines have announced attractive offers including discounts. AirAsia India, which is a joint venture between Air Asia and Tata is already offering tickets at Rs 999 as part of a limited period promotional scheme.

Air India too had earlier in the month offered tickets starting at Rs 425 for certain domestic flights along with Rs 7000 tickets for selected international flights.

 

 

30th June 2017

 

Air India flights from Lucknow to more cities

From July 5, Lucknow will get connected to Jaipur, Bhopal, Dehradun by air.

Air India has decided to operate 72 seat small passenger aircraft with moderate fares ranging between Rs 2200 to Rs 2800 between these cities, in an aggressive move to tap the air traffic in unexplored sectors.

These flights have got approval of director-general of civil aviation (DGCA) and the Airport Authority of India (AAI), said a source.

 

 

22nd June 2017

 

The Tata group, which founded India’s first commercial airline, Air India, is considering buying a stake in the debt-laden national carrier in partnership with Singapore Airlines. The Tata group and Singapore Airlines launched Vistara in 2015. The joint-venture airline will start plying international routes next year. It is not certain the government will go ahead with the “privatisation process” or that Tatas will take over the airline. However, it can’t be denied that the groundwork for a possible divestment is being put in place.

A committee of civil aviation authorities has sent its views on Air India’s divestment to the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (Dipam), said an aviation ministry official who did not want to be named. In the next step, a note prepared by Dipam will have to be approved by the Union cabinet. Once the cabinet gives its approval, specifics related to how much stake should be sold and how, will be decided.

“We are far from that stage,” the ministry official added, referring to the sale process.

The Union cabinet is expected to meet on Thursday but it is unclear if the national airline’s privatisation plan will be part of the agenda. Finance minister Jaitley is currently on a three-day visit to Russia to boost defence ties. Choubey, who has been part of the deliberations including those related to Air India’s asset valuation, is also in Paris this week for the ongoing air show.

In 2000, the Tata group and Singapore Airlines had expressed their interest in acquiring up to 40% of Air India. In 2013, after a meeting with the then aviation minister, Ratan Tata said the Tata group would be interested in buying a stake in Air India if the government were to privatise the airline.

 

 

22nd May 2017

 

Air India will launch non-stop flights on Delhi-Stockholm route from 15th August.

The services will be operated 3 x Weekly (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays). Each flight will approximately be an 8 hour duration on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

 

On the last Independance Day, Air India had launched services from Ahmedabad - London - New York route.

 

 

12th May 2017

 

Air India will unveil flights to three new destinations in the U.S., Stockholm, Nairobi and Tel Aviv this year

Making it the fifth non-stop destination in the United States, a direct service would start to Washington from July 7, followed by a flight to Los Angeles from September 1 and then to Dallas.

Air India will begin service to Stockholm from August 15. Mr. Lohani said it would also start flights to Tel Aviv, Nairobi and Dallas this year.

 

10th May 2017

 

Air India has stepped up its international expansion plans to the US, Europe and will debut in Kenya in 2017

The Air India flight to Kenya will be the first in recent years. The country hosts a sizeable Indian origin population and has strong trade ties with India. Air India already connects Chicago, New York, Newark and San Francisco with direct flights, some of the longest in the world at over 15 hours. The Washington flights will be on Boeing 777 planes.

Over the past 5 years, the airline has expanded its network by launching new flights to Madrid, Rome, Milan and Vienna beyond its traditional European destinations of London and Frankfurt. It will also launch new flights from Delhi, Chandigarh and Kolkata, to Bangkok in May.

Air India, with a fleet of 140 planes, controls nearly 15% of the domestic market and at 17% has the single largest share of international traffic into and out of India.

 

2nd May 2017

Dubai Aerospace will lease 10 ATR 72-600 aircraft to a subsidiary of Air India
The long-term lease agreements were signed with Alliance Air and the aircraft will be delivered this year, DAE said in a statement. Last month, DAE announced it was acquiring Dublin-based AWAS, the world's tenth largest aircraft lessor.

 

12th April 2017

Air India to establish Aviation University

Air India plans to establish an aviation university, in order to provide several programmes which can also be an additional revenue stream for it in the long term. Airline officials said that the national carrier has already started exploring various options for having a university. The idea is to have an institution that offers a range of aviation training programmes for pilots, cabin crew, operations and engineering staff, among others, they said.

 

4th April 2017

Air India proposals approved for a new Boeing 787-9 for US route plans

Air India have had their proposals approved as they seek to introduce a new Boeing 787-9 aircraft for future route plans to the US, as well as launching routes to Canada.

 

 

30th March 2017

Air India announces new flight service to Washington

From July 2017, Air India will fly directly to Washington from Delhi, flying 3 times weekly. This route will be flown on a Boeing 777-200 LR, with 8 seats in First Class, 35 in Business Class and 195 in Economy Class.

 

6th March 2017
Air India plans to commence flights to Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital from May 2017

 

5th March 2017
Air India has set the Guinness World-record by flying around the world with an all-female crew.
Along with female pilots and cabin crew, the ground staff, including bag handlers, air traffic controllers and engineers were also women.

The journey on Friday (Mar 3) on a Boeing 777-200LR covered around 15,300km.

The airline said the trip was “another feather to Air India's cap in its constant endeavor to encourage women”.

 


 
 

Popular Routes

 

San Francisco    Delhi

 

Amritsar    Delhi

 

Ahmedabad    Surat

 

Delhi    Nagpur

 

Raipur   Delhi

 

Delhi    Kolkata

 

 



The Fleet

 

Airbus A319-100

 

Airbus A320-200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Airbus A321-200


Boeing 747-400

 

 

 

 

 

Boeing 777-200LR

 
Boeing 787-8

 

 

 

 

Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

HUB Airport

 

Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary airport for Delhi, India. It is the hub airport for Air India, AirAsia India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Vistara.

It has three runaways and can handle nearly 45 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from this airport include Aeroflot, Air Arabia, Air Astana, Air Canada, Air France, Air India, Finnair, flyDubai, GoAir, Gulf Air, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. 

 

 

 

 


 

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Air India currently operates domestic flights from Mumbai, and 13 other Indian cities including Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. Air India’s global network includes services to: UK: London and Birmingham. Europe: Paris, Frankfurt Asia Pacific: Bangkok, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Gulf & Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat and Riyadh. USA & Canada: Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York and Toronto. Africa: Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi. Air India and Indian Airlines Air India is one of the world’s great airlines and flies to one of the world’s great countries! With a modern fleet of jet aircraft which is being rapidly updated and the recently completed merger with the domestic carrier Indian Airlines, the decade ahead is likely to be a good one for the national carrier of one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Air India LogoThe new logo of the combined airlines is a Flying Swan with the Konark Chakra placed inside it. The Flying Swan has been morphed from Air India’s characteristic logo, ‘The Centaur’ whereas the ‘Konark Chakra’ is reminiscent of Indian’s logo. While the aircraft are now ivory in colour, the base will retain the traditional red streak of Air India. Running parallel to each other will be the Orange and Red speed lines from front door to the rear door. As a way to start you journey to a land we guarantee you will fall in love with, Air India gives you a taste of what is to come!

Latest News:

Air India will start flying to Gujarat from April 2016 with new flights from Mumbai to Bhavnagar!

Air India will start flying to Gujarat from April 2016 with new flights from Mumbai to Bhavnagar!

Air India working with government of Gujarat to start passenger services within the west Indian state to cities such as Ahmedabad, Surak, Rajkot and Vadodara

Air India working with government of Gujarat to start passenger services within the west Indian state to cities such as Ahmedabad, Surak, Rajkot and Vadodara.

Air India continues to expand by launching new European route from Delhi - Vienna!

Air India continues to expand by launching new European route from Delhi - Vienna!

Air India launches a new friendly customer service feature

Air India launches a new friendly customer service feature by offering passengers the chance to print their own baggage tags as part of its self-service check-in kiosks!

 

 

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