Tata Airlines (a division of Tata Group) established in 1932 after J.R.D.Tata(Founder) flew a single engined De Havilland Puss Moth carrying postal mail from Karachi to Juhu via Ahmedabad and then continued to Madras via Bellary where Neiville Vincent was the pilot. In 1946 Tata Airlines became Air India, a public limited company. In 1948 it became an international flight. Major stake in the carrier was opted by the Government of India in 1953 and air transportation was nationalized whereas domestic air transportation services were taken care of by Indian Airlines. Jet services were inaugurated in 1960. In 1962 Air India became the world’s first all-jet airline. ‘Palace in the Sky’ was introduced in 1971 after Air India moved its offices into its own custom built skyscraper in Bombay. Air India became the world’s largest operator after it supplemented its fleet with Airbus A310S. In 2019, Air India grounded its last Airbus A320 classic fleet. In 1993 it delivered a Boeing named Konark, the first non stop flight between New York & Delhi. In 1999 Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was opened in Mumbai.
Air India offers 3 classes of seats(Window,Aisle & Middle Seats in three sections Front,Middle and Rear) to its passengers(First Class,Business Class & Economy Class) and its operations currently cater more than 50 destinations throughout the world. An active member of the International Air Transport Association. The logo chosen by founder J. R. D. Tata was introduced in 1948 and represented the airline until 2007. Their new livery consisted of a Flying Swan with the wheel of Konark placed inside it. In 1954 it operated freighters which was the first among Asian freighters. Air India Cargo ended freighter aircraft operations in early 2012. In 1960, it took delivery of its first Boeing 707 named Gauri Shankar and became the first Asian airline to induct a jet aircraft in its fleet. Hub is at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Air India moved its headquarters from Air India Building, Mumbai to Delhi in 2013.
(1) The Airline entered the Guinness Book of World Records- The largest evacuation by a civil airliner, in 1990.
(2) It received The Mercury Award for the Years 1994 and 2003, from the International Flight Catering association,for finest in-flight catering services.
(3) Air India’s security department became the first aviation security organization in the world to acquire ISO 9002-1994 certification in 2001.
(4)The Department of Engineering,Air India, has obtained the ISO 9002 for its Engineering facilities for meeting international standards.
After many changes Tata Group and Spice Jet promoter Ajay Singh have been shortlisted for the bid to buy out Air India,who are familiar. The Government is in the process of selling 100% of Air India. The share was purchased in October 2021 from the Government of India. Air India employees will be retained in service. Before proceedings start, the associations are ensuring that their rights and services are protected through appropriate terms and conditions.
Actual stake details,management structure and operations control details should be out maximum by January 2022. With this takeover Tata’s Aircraft’s fleet might sunup above 200 when international and domestic both sum up. “Akasa Air”,a new Airline is going to be launched probably between March-April 2022.