Air India is India’s national flag carrier airline. It was founded in 1932 with a private enterprise under the name of Tata Airlines. It was expropriated in 1953. The company’s headquarters are located in Mumbai and the airline uses Indira Gandhi International Airport as its hub. It also uses Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport as its second hub. Air India is India’s largest international carrier with 18.6% market share. In 2014, the airline has become a member of the global aviation alliance Star Alliance.
In June 2017, the Indian government decided to privatize Air India.
Air India Express and Alliance Air subsidiaries of Air India.
The cities where the airline is flying in the country; Port Blair, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar, Gaya, Patna ,Chandigarh, Raipur, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Jammu, Leh, Srinagar, Ranchi, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Indore, Khajuraho, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune, Imphal, Aizawl, Dimapur, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Hyderabad, Agartala, Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bagdogra and Kolkata.
Countries where the airline is flying abroad; Kuwait, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.
The airline has a codeshare agreement with the following airlines.
|Adria Airways||Asiana Airlines||Hong Kong Airlines|
|Air Astana||Austrian Airlines||Japan Airlines|
|Air Austral||Brussels Airlines||Lufthansa|
|Air Canada||Croatia Airlines||Singapore Airlines|
|Air China||EgyptAir||SriLankan Airlines|
|Air India Express||Emirates||Swiss International Air Lines|
|Air Mauritius||Ethiopian Airlines||Thai Airways|
|Air New Zealand||EVA Air||Turkish Airlines|
|Alliance Air||Flybe||United Airlines|
Air India offers its online check-in directly on the company’s website
Check-in start time
Starting from 48 hours before the flight and continues until 2 hours prior the scheduled flight.
Click the button below to check in online.
To check in at the airport, check the closing times of the check-in counter on the Air India website. If you are not at the airport in time, you will not be able to board the plane and you will lose all your rights on the purchased flight ticket.
One passenger bag is permitted per passenger, which must not be heavier than 8 kg and not larger than 55 x 40 x 20 cm. In addition, each passenger is allowed to carry a laptop bag on board.
On flights within India, First Class passengers are allowed to leave 40 kg of luggage. In the Executive Business Class, there are 35 kg luggage per passenger and 25 kg economy class. For infants up to 24 months, 10 kg of luggage may be carried. However, on international flights, baggage determinations may differ widely from those for domestic flights, so the exact provisions for the respective flight should be checked on the airline’s website before traveling. The sum of the length of a piece of luggage must not exceed 158 cm. For children between 2 and 11 years, a piece of luggage of 23 kg can be carried, for small children up to 2 years of age of 10 kg.
Additional fees will be charged for the carriage of special luggage or sports equipment, which is however not as high as for normal over-luggage. Golf, (water) skiing and fishing equipment can be transported within the baggage restrictions.
To make a comfortable trip with Air India, you must choose the right seat. In general, if you want to travel in a good seat, you should choose your seat in advance and disregard some extra fees if necessary.
Because of the airlines who want to reduce the cost of flying more passengers, knee distance is very important especially on long haul flights. The front seats and emergency exit seats are the seats with the highest knee distance. It is generally sold for a fee.
As a frequent flyer program from Air India, Flying Returns offers its passengers good discounts and services. When booking higher classes such as Business and First Class, the frequent flyers receive bonus miles, and otherwise Flying Returns is a well-positioned program that allows you to quickly accumulate miles. In addition to Air India flights, you can also earn miles on Star Alliance partners. The collected miles can be exchanged later in upgrades or award flights, whereby they can also be transferred to other persons on request. This is possible in any currency and country.
Privileges by collecting
The bonus program is used by the frequent flyers to receive award flights or improved service. At the same time, the tickets can be conveniently ordered online and the mile account is accessible at any time. For the members of the frequent flyer program there are extra check-in switches in the national area, so that an accelerated boarding is possible. In addition, the luggage is free of charge. Air India has codeshare agreements and cooperates with other partners in the Flying Returns program, for example with the hotel chain ITC Welcomgroup and with the taxi company Mega Cabs. This allows the frequent flyers to benefit from a wide range of services and benefits.
Detailed information about airline’s paid and free catering services will be updated on this page soon.
Especially in long distances, Air India offers in-flight entertainment, so you can enjoy your flight without getting bored.
The airline offers you movies, music, TV shows and more entertainment options that will allow you to travel without getting bored.
Who wants to leave your best friend at home? On this page you will find the rules of traveling with your pet during your flight with Air India.
Please be sure to check with the airline before you travel, as the rules for transporting pets vary according to the airline.
The lounges are indispensable especially for business class passengers. What facilities does it offer? Here you will find detailed information about Air India lounges for a comfortable start to your trip.