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Indian Airlines has merged with Air India

Indian Airlines ceased operations in February 2011 and merged with Air India. Please check out the alternative airlines to Indian Airlines below to discover which airlines operate similar routes.

About Indian Airlines

Indian Airlines was the flag carrier airline of India as well as a division airline of Air India. Based in New Delhi, the airline mainly operated domestic flights and a handful of international flights to neighbouring countries in Asia. Indian Airlines was part of Air India Limited after a merger of 8 pre-Independence domestic airlines.

In 2007, the Government of India announced that Indian Airlines would ultimately be merged into Air India as its subsidiary. Air India absorbed all of Indian Airlines' fleets and routes.

Indian Airlines was headquartered in New Delhi. It operated its routes using a range of Airbus, Boeing and ATR aircraft, including the A320 and B737. The airline flew to over 60 destinations within India and across the world, including Dubai, Singapore and London.

Before it ceased operations, Indian Airlines was well known for its affordable ticket prices and reliable service. It even had its own frequent flyer program called 'Flying Returns', rewarding frequent flyers with free flights and upgrades.

Baggage Allowance

Passengers flying with Indian Airlines were permitted carry-on baggage and checked baggage. The baggage allowance rules varied depending on the destination, class of travel and ticket type.

Carry-on Baggage

Your cabin bag could not weigh more than 7kg and not exceed the dimensions of 55 x 35 x 25 cm.

Passengers for both domestic and international flights were allowed one piece of cabin baggage.

Checked Baggage

For domestic flights, passengers were permitted one piece of checked baggage. Economy Class travellers could take up to 15kg of checked baggage, whilst Business Class passengers were allowed up to 35kg of checked baggage.

For international flights, you were allowed to take up to 2 pieces of checked baggage. The weight allowance could vary from 20kg to 40kg, depending on the route.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Online check-in was available for flights with Indian Airlines - this could be done on the airline's official website.

Airport Check-In

If passengers needed to check in at the airport, they could do so via the self-service kiosks or through Indian Airlines' dedicated check-in counters.

Check-in would be open 2 hours before departure for domestic flights and 3 hours before departure for international flights.

Cabin Classes

Before the airline ceased operations, it offered two types of cabin classes - these were Economy Class and Executive Class.

Economy Class

The standard cabin class for Indian Airlines flights was Economy Class.

Economy Class offered comfortable seating with a pitch of 31-32 inches and basic amenities such as meals and beverages, blankets and pillows. The amenities offered depended on the duration and type of flight.

Executive Class

Indian Airlines offered a premium cabin class called Executive Class. This included extra legroom, more spacious seats with pitches of 44-50 inches and additional amenities.

Some of the benefits of Executive Class included priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling. It also consisted of access to airport lounges and special meal options.

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Destinations that Indian Airlines flew to

Indian Airlines primarily flew to cities within India as well as select international cities across Asia including Delhi, Kabul, Kuwai and Dubai.

Alternatives to Indian Airlines

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Hub Airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary international airport that serves Delhi. It's currently the largest and busiest airport in India and was named after the former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

There are 3 terminals in this airport, serving domestic and international flights.

Many airlines frequently fly to/from this airport including Air India, Vistara, IndiGo and SpiceJet, among many others.

This airport was the hub for Indian Airlines before it merged with Air India. It is now a hub for Air IndiaAlliance AirIndiGo and Vistara.


Before the airline merged with Air India, it operated its domestic and international flights with the following aircraft in its fleet:

  • 6 x Airbus A319-100
  • 47 x Airbus A320-200
  • 2 x Airbus A321-200