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Welcome To Air India

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In-Flight Entertainment

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Unwind. Soothe yourself. Or simply relax for a while with our captivating and extensive repertoire of in-flight entertainment. You could choose from a variety of music, both traditional and western or may be catch up on some of the latest films.

In First Class, you have portable PEA (Personal Entertainment Appliance) sets for you to decide what you wish to see and when. Additionally, we offer you an exclusive peek at some of the movies onboard our flights or just listen in to a sample of the varied kinds of music.

Look up the inbound theatre section if you are traveling into India and the outbound theatre section if you are headed from India to another country.

Shortly, we will be introducing AVOD (Audio Video on Demand) System on all our 747-400 and 777 aircrafts in a phased manner, replacing the current entertainment system.

So just sit back and enchant yourself with entertainment galore and have a pleasant flight.

The particular film chosen for your flight and screening zone will be announced by your inflight crew. The film sound tracks will be on Channel 1 or 2 on 747 aircraft and Channel 1 or 11 on airbus aircraft.

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Passenger operations

The airline carried 3.39 million passengers during the financial year ending March 2003 and achieved a load factor of 71.6 per cent, substantially higher than the 66 per cent load factor recorded in the preceding year. Air India offers three classes of service – First Class, Executive Class and Economy Class. Flat bed seats are offered for First and Executive Class passengers. Air India’s frequent flyer programme is called Flying Returns and is shared with Indian Airlines and other subsidiaries. Aside from flight mileage, members receive seat discounts, class upgrades, free hotel stays, and other benefits. The airline also offers luxury lounges in its ground terminals for its First and Executive class travelers in select destinations within India. Air India has duty free sales on board its flights, named "Sky Bazaar".

First Class seats on the new

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Although new aircraft are delivered in the new livery, and some route rationalisation and interchange has started, as of June 2008, each of the four subsidiaries maintain separate fleets:

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Air India was founded by J. R. D. Tata in 1932 as Tata Airlines, a division of Tata Sons Ltd. (now Tata Group). On 15 October 1932, J. R. D. Tata himself flew a single-engined De Havilland Puss Moth carrying air mail (postal mail of Imperial Airways) from Karachi's Drigh Road Aerodrome to Bombay's Juhu Airstrip via Ahmedabad. The aircraft continued to Madras via Bellary piloted by former Royal Air Force pilot Nevill Vintcent.

Following the end of World War II, regular commercial service was restored in India and Tata Airlines became a public limited company on 29 July 1946 under the name Air India. In 1948, after the Independence of India, 49% of the airline was acquired by the Government of India, with an option to purchase an additional 2%. In return, the airline was granted status to operate international services from India as the designated flag carrier under the name Air India International. On 8 June 1948, a Lockheed Constellation L-749A named Malabar Princess and registered VT-CQP took off from Bombay bound for London via Cairo and Geneva. This marked the airline's first long-haul international flight, soon followed by service in 1950 to Nairobi via Aden.

On 1 August 1953, the Government of India exercised its option to purchase a majority stake in the carrier and Air India International Limited was born as one of the fruits of the Air Corporations Act that nationalised the air transportation industry. At the same time all domestic services were transferred to Indian Airlines. In 1954, the airline took delivery of its first L-1049 Super Constellations and inaugurated services to Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Boeing 747-400 in 1970-2007 livery
Boeing 747-400 in 1970-2007 livery

Air India International entered the jet age in 1960 when its first Boeing 707, named Nandadevi and registered VT-DJJ, was delivered. Jet services to New York via London were inaugurated that same year in May 1960. On 8 June 1962, the airline's name was officially truncated to Air India. On 11 June 1962, Air India became the world's first all-jet airline.

Air India

Air India Limited
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. (Hindi: एअर इंडिया) is the national airline of India with a worldwide network of passenger and cargo services. Air India is state-owned, and administered as part of the National Aviation Company of India Limited - which was created in 2007 to facilitate Air India's merger with Indian Airlines. The main base of operations of the airline are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai and Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Together with its subsidiaries and related carriers, Air India connects over 120 destinations around the world and includes twelve gateways in India. Air India is expected to formally join the Star Alliance in March 2009