Being the national flag carrier of India, Air India is a Government of India enterprise with its headquarters in New Delhi. Air India was founded by the legendary businessman and visionary J. R. D. Tata, also known as the Father of Indian Civil Aviation. What was founded as Tata Airlines became a public limited company only in 1946. Air India has come a long way since then, with domestic and international flights. Air India is the third largest carrier in India at present.
Air India operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing. Its aircraft consists of Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A330-200, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 787-8.
The IATA code for Air India is AI.
Air India flies to more than 30 destinations all around the world. The short-haul routes include cities in Southeast Asia. The airline has also announced an expansion in its international long-haul destinations. The highest number of flight tickets on Air India is booked to destinations like Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Muscat, Riyadh, Damam, Kuwait, Doha, Sharjah, Dhaka, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul.
Codeshare partner airlines
Air India is a member of global airline alliance – Star Alliance. In addition, it has codeshare agreements with more than 20 global airlines including Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, South African Airways, Asiana Air, Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Air Canada and Egypt Air.
Air India has different baggage limit for international flights and domestic flights. The airline allows you to carry a hand baggage weighing up to 8 kg along with a 15 kg for check-in baggage for domestic flights. Passengers travelling in First Class are permitted to carry 40 kg of checked-in luggage while the ones travelling in Executive Class (or Business Class) are allowed to carry check-in luggage weighing up to 35 kg for free. Baggage exceeding the mentioned limits is chargeable. For detailed baggage information on Air India, please visit the airline website.
How to book Air India flights?
The most convenient way to book Air India flights is via online booking. The process is simple and allows you to get a lot of information with a few clicks. Just fill the online booking widget with your trip details, like travel dates and destination, and you can compare prices very quickly. Flights at different times of the day may have different fares. So, if you are flexible, you can select the lowest airfare very conveniently. Apart from the flight schedules, you can see information about direct flights and those that have a stopover. When purchasing Air India flight tickets online, round-trip bookings typically offers lower fares than one-way options.
Before leaving for the airport?
You should always carry your flight ticket copy which clearly mentions the PNR number. You can use this number to check the flight schedule online as well as check-in even before you leave for the airport. Air India provides web check-in facility to its passengers. The online check-in window is opened 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the flight and is open up to 2 hours before the flight departure. Web check-in is available for all the destinations except Bahrain, Dhaka, Muscat, Melbourne, Milan, Rome and Sydney.