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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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The airline's fleet consists of a mix of wide-body Boeing and narrow-body Airbus aircraft.

The airline currently has a fleet size of over 130 airlines overall, made up of a mix of:


Domestic Destinations

Agartala Agartala Airport (IXA)
Agra Agra Airport (AGR)
Ahmedabad Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD)
Aizawl Lengpui Airport (AJL)
Amritsar Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport (ATQ)
Aurangabad Aurangabad Airport (IXU)
Bagdogra Bagdogra (IXB)
Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)
Belgaum Belgaum Airport (IXG)
Bhopal Raja Bhoj Airport (BHO)
Bhubaneshwar Biju Patnaik Airport (BBI)
Chandigarh Chandigarh International Airport (IXC)
Chennai Chennai International Airport (MAA)
Coimbatore Coimbatore International Airport (CJB)
Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Dibrugarh Dibrugarh Airport (DIB)
Dimapur Dimapur Airport (DMU)
Durgapur Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport (RDP)
Gaya Gaya Airport (GAY)
Goa Dabolim Airport (GOI)
Guwahati Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU)
Hubli Hubli Airport (HBX)
Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)
Imphal Imphal Airport (IMF)
Indore Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport (IDR)
Jaipur Jaipur International Airport (JAI)
Jammu Jammu Airport (IXJ)
Jamnagar Jamnagar Airport (JGA)
Jodhpur Jodhpur Airport (JDH)
Kannur Kannur International Airport (CNN)
Khajuraho Khajuraho Airport (CNN)
Kochi Kochi International Airport (COK)
Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)
Kozhikode Calicut International Airport (CCJ)
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL)
Lucknow Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport (LKO)
Madurai Madurai International Airport (IXM)
Mangalore Mangalore International Airport (IXE)
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (BOM)
Nagpur Nagpur Airport (NAG)
Nanded Nanded Airport (NDC)
Patna Jay Prakash Narayan Airport (PAT)
Port Blair Veer Savarkar International Airport (IXZ)
Pune Pune International Airport (PNQ)
Raipur Raipur Airport (RPR)
Rajkot Rajkot Airport (RAJ)
Ranchi Birsa Munda Airport (IXR)
Silchar Silchar Airport (IXS)
Srinagar Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport (SXR)
Surat Surat International Airport (STV)
Thiruvananthapuram Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
Tirupati Tirupati Airport (TIR)
Varanasi Varanasi Airport (VNS)
Vijayawada Vijayawada Airport (VGA)
Visakhapatnam Visakhapatnam Airport (VTZ)

International Destinations

Afghanistan Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport (KBL)
Australia Melbourne Melbourne Airport (MEL)
Sydney Sydney Airport (SYD)
Bahrain Manama Bahrain International Airport (BAH)
Bangladesh Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport (DAC)
Canada Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
China Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport (CPH)
France Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Indonesia Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
Iraq Najaf Al Najaf International Airport (NJF)
Italy Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Japan Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)
Kenya Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
Maldives Malé Velana International Airport (MLE)
Myanmar Yangon Yangon International Airport (RGN)
Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport (MCT)
Qatar Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahd International Airport (DMM)
Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)
Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Spain Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
Sweden Stockholm Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Dubai Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Sharjah Sharjah International Airport (SHJ)
United Kingdom Birmingham Birmingham Airport (BHX)
London London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
London Stansed Airport (STD)
United States Chicago Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Newark Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
San Francisco San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Washington D.C Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Route Map

Air India Route Map


Carry-on Baggage

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.

Checked Baggage

For Domestic Flights:

Economy Class 25 kg 158 cm (62") overall (length x width x height)
Business Class 35 kg 273 cm (107") overall (length x width x height)
First Class 40 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.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

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.

Airport Check-In

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.

Economy 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:

  • Complimentary refreshments and meals on all flights
  • Continental and Indian food on international flights
  • Complimentary alcohol on international flights
  • In-flight entertainment
  • A temperature-controlled cabin

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.

Premium Economy

Air India doesn't offer Premium Economy on its flights. For ultimate comfort and luxury, book a flight in Business or First Class.

Business 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.

First Class

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.

In-Flight Entertainment

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.

Air India TV

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.

Air India Movies

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.


Air India Meal Options

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 Special Dietary Requirements

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:

Hindu Meal (non-veg) (HNML)
Kosher Meal (KSML)
Jain Meal (VJML)
Vegetarian Meal (VGML)
Muslim Meal (MOML)
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 Meal (CHML)

Air India Drinks & Alcohol

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.

Hub Airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

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.

Other airlines that use Indira Gandhi International as a hub include AirAsia India, Alliance Air, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite, SpiceJet and Vistara.

Frequent Flyer

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.

Airline Alliance

Star Alliance

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.

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Seat Selection

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Red Eye Flights with Air India

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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Where does Air India fly to?

Air India flies to over 100 destinations around the world, serving more than 30 countries, including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand etc.

The airline is the flag carrier and the largest international carrier of India, operating a massive fleet of more than 130 aircraft.

What is the maximum check-in baggage weight allowed on Air India?

The maximum weight allowance differs with respect to fare class on Air India.

In Economy Class, a single piece of baggage isn't allowed to weigh more than 23kg (50lbs).

Whereas, in the Business and First class, a single piece of baggage isn't allowed to weigh more than 32kg (70lbs).

Who owns Air India?

The airline was previously owned by the government of India, but as of 2021, Air India has been privatised and is 100 % owned by the TATA group of companies, which is the largest conglomerate of India.

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