Air India is the flag carrier airline of India. Its origins lie in an idea by aviator Nevill Vintcent. Vincent wanted to run mail flights from Bombay and Colombo to connect with flights from the UK. He found support for his idea in French-born Inidan business mogul J. R. D. Tata of the Tata Iron and Steel Company. In 1932 Vintcent and Tata won a contract to carry the mail and the Aviation Department of Tata Sons was formed. Later that department became what we know today as Air India. Air India serves around 60 domestic destinations and 30 international destinations in countries across Asia, Europe and North America. Air India merged with the other flag carrier of India, Indian Airlines, in 2010.
How to check in
You can use the web check-in facility from 48 hours up to 2 hours before your flight time. Passengers on domestic flights will be issued with a boarding pass. International passengers receive a confirmation slip which must be printed out and presented at the airport counter when completing the check-in. You can also check in at the airport. First and Executive class passengers can check in up to two hours prior departure, economy class can check in up to three hours prior, and domestic passengers can check in up to two hours prior departure.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
You can carry on one bag and one personal item such as a laptop or handbag. All carry-on bags must not weigh more than 18lbs/8kg and dimensions should be less than 55cmx40cmx20cm. The checked baggage allowance by weight and linear measurement on international flights is standard, apart from to and from the USA and Canada, where 2 pieces of checked baggage is allowed. The maximum permitted weight for each bag is 70lbs/32kg. Excess baggage charges are per kilo. Air India will transport several sports equipment items at no extra charge.
You can select a seat when you us book or at anytime online prior to your flight. Air India flies widebody jets and offers seating options according to flight class. First class seats are Lie-flat seats on all aircraft types, whilst business class offers some li-flat and recliners. Economy seats are all standard 17 to 18” wide.
Meals, Snacks and Drinks
Meals are served between set times on all Air India flights - International flights are offered 3 meal times and domestic flights 5 meal times. For flights departing outside the set meal times an appropriate meal is served based on the scheduled departure time. No alcohol is served on domestic flights and only snacks are served for Economy Class for flights of less than 90 minutes. Executive class passengers on flights over 1 hour are offered a hot meal.