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Air India Cheap Flights and Plane Tickets

Air India was founded in 1932 as Tata Airlines. The carrier changed its name to Air India in 1946 and has since become the flag carrier of India and the third largest domestic airline in the country. It operates routes to over 90 domestic and international destinations and is a member of Star Alliance.

The airline ranks 28th among major airlines for on-time arrival performance. Of its over 12,000 flights per month, 57% arrived on time, with 43% being delayed 15 minutes or more. The average delay is about 45 minutes.

Air India operates out of its hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi with a secondary hub at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The carrier also has seven focus city locations, including Chennai, Cochin, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Trivandrum.

From its hub in New Dehli, Air India flies to cities located throughout India. Fly to destinations like:

  • Mumbai - Choose from 304 flights per month to Mumbai with a flight time of 2 hours and 5 minutes. Fly for as little as $35.
  • Kolkata - The airline flies to Kolkata 112 times per month for about $58. Arrive in 2 hours and 10 minutes.
  • Bangalore - Fly to Bangalore in just 2 hours and 45 minutes on any of the 140 monthly flights. Tickets start around $49.
  • Hyderabad - Air India offers 140 flights per month to Hyderabad. Arrive in 2 hours and 5 minutes for just $33.
  • Visakhapatnam - With 48 monthly flights to choose from, fly to Visakhapatnam in 2 hours and 10 minutes for about $60.
  • Srinagar - In 1 hour and 30 minutes, arrive in Srinagar on one of 72 flights per month. Find tickets for about $49.
  • Kochi - Fly to Kochi for as low as $54 with a flight time of 2 hours as 50 minutes. The carrier offers 60 flights per month.
  • Aurangabad - With a flight time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, travel to Aurangabad on one of the 28 nonstop flights per month. Fly for just $58.
  • Vijayawada - The airline flies to Vijayawada 72 times per month with a flight time as little as 2 hours and 15 minutes. Tickets start at just $48.
  • Chennai - Choose from 140 monthly flights to Chennai and arrive in just 2 hours and 45 minutes. Fly for as low as $54.

Air India also flies to a number of international destinations from Indira Gandhi International Airport. Fly to cities all over the world, including:

  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Fly to Hong Kong on any of the 28 flights per month. Arrive in 4 hours and 45 minutes for as low as $332.
  • Tokyo, Japan - The airline operates 16 nonstop flights per month to Tokyo with a flight time of 7 hours and 15 minutes. Fly for just $463.
  • Kathmandu, Nepal - Fly nonstop to Kathmandu on any of the 56 flights per month. Tickets cost around $88, and the flight takes just 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - In just 5 hours, arrive in Riyadh on one of 12 flights per month from New Dehli. Fly for about $237.
  • New York, New York - The airline offers daily flights to New York City with a flight time of 15 hours and 30 minutes. Find tickets for around $704.
  • Bangkok, Thailand - Choose from 56 nonstop flights per month to Bangkok for just $169. Arrive in 4 hours and 5 minutes.
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates - For as low as $119, fly to Dubai and arrive in 3 hours and 50 minutes. Air India operates 28 flights per month on the route.
  • London, England - In 9 hours and 35 minutes, fly to London on any of the 56 monthly nonstop flights. Find tickets for as little as $319.
  • Chicago, Illinois - The carrier flies to Chicago every day with a flight time of 16 hours. Tickets start around $693.
  • Sydney, Australia - Fly to Sydney for just $795 and arrive in 12 hours and 25 minutes. Choose from 16 flights per month.

Air India flies into airports located all over India and around the globe. Find the carrier in major airports like:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport; New York, New York - Air India is located in Terminal 4.
  • Narita International Airport; Tokyo, Japan - Air India is located in Terminal 2 3F.
  • Singapore Changi Airport; Singapore, Singapore - Air India is located in Terminal 2.
  • Incheon International Airport; Seoul, South Korea - Air India is located on the 4th floor of the airside terminal.
  • Heathrow International Airport; London, England - Air India is located in Terminal 2.
  • Dubai International Airport; Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Air India is located in Terminal 1.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport; Washington, D.C. - Air India is located in the main terminal.
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport; Mumbai, India - Air India is located in Terminal 2.
  • Sydney Airport; Sydney, Australia - Air India is located on Level 3 of the airside terminal.
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport; Paris, France - Air India is located in Terminal 2.

Air India operates one of the youngest fleets in the world, with 119 aircraft in total. The carrier has 44 wide-bodied aircraft models, including B777-200LR, B777-300ER, B747-400, and B787-800. For shorter duration flights, it has 65 narrow-bodied Airbus models: A319, A320 (Twin Class), A320 (Classic), A320-Single Class, and A321. The airline also operates 10 regional aircrafts, including the ATR42 and ATR72.

Why Fly With Air India

Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles Promotions

Air India offers a frequent flyer program called Flying Returns where members can earn FR points for flights on any Star Alliance airline. Points can be redeemed for travel rewards, including free flights and upgrades on Air India. Membership is free and open to anyone aged 2 or older. To enroll, passengers can simply sign up on the airline's website.

The program features multiple tiers where members can accrue more points and better rewards for frequent flights. At its second tier and above, members can enjoy extra baggage allowance and priority check-in. Higher tiered members will also receive lounge access and bonus FR points.

How to Check In, Seat Assignment, and Leg Room

Air India recommends that passengers arrive at the Indian airports 75 minutes before departure for domestic flights and 150 minutes prior to international flights. Those departing from Leh, Srinagar, and Jammu Airports should arrive at least 120 minutes before departure. Be aware that the check-in counter closes 45 minutes before domestic flights and 60 minutes before international flights.

Passengers can select the seat of their choice through the Preferred Seat Select Scheme that is available on every route operated by Air India. For a fee, participants can enjoy extra leg room and the added benefit of getting off the plane before other passengers. Seat selection is available up to 2 hours before departure of international flights and 1 hour before domestic flights. For flights from India, the fee ranges from $15-$55 depending on the destination.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

p>Air India allows all passengers to bring one piece of carry-on baggage and one personal item. On Boeing and Airbus aircraft, the carry-on baggage may not exceed 22"x14"x10" or 45 total inches. On ATR models, hang baggage must be smaller than 22"x14"x8" or a total of 43 inches. The maximum weight for carry-on baggage is 17.6lbs.

In addition to a carry-on, all passengers may bring a personal item, as long as it meets security requirements. Permitted items include a purse, overcoat, blanket, camera, or laptop. Other examples include a foldable umbrella, a walking stick, or collapsible wheelchair.

For domestic travel, passengers are allowed one free checked bag. In Economy Class, the maximum weight is 55lbs for all checked baggage. The allowance increases to 77lbs for Business Class and 88lbs for First Class. Infants are allowed up to 22lbs of free checked baggage.

Passengers traveling to the United States are allowed to bring 2 checked bags for free. The maximum weight for each bag is 50lbs in Economy Class and 70lbs for Business and First Class. Pieces weighing more than the allowed weight will be subject to a fee of $100, while additional pieces will be $200 each.

Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals

Air India offers multiple on-board services, including meals and entertainment options. On select flights, Economy Class passengers can enjoy their choice of continental or Indian cuisine, complimentary liquor or wine, strategically placed movie screens, and temperature control systems.

Executive or Business Class passengers will enjoy plush seats, convenient aisle or window seating, and an entree and wine. First Class passengers can choose from a variety of meal options, as well as complimentary wine or champagne.

All Air India passengers can choose from over 500 hours of movies, TV shows, music, and audio books to keep them entertained on both short and long-haul flights.

Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service Guidelines

Air India allows children up to 24 months to sit on a guardian's lap for a fee of 10% of the normal adult fare. Additional infants or children older than 2 will be charged 75% of the normal adult fare on both domestic and international flights.

The carrier considers children ages 5-12 years old who are traveling alone as unaccompanied minors. Unaccompanied minors are permitted on all Air India operated flights, but guardians must fulfill all necessary requirements at least 3 working days prior to the scheduled flight. To sign up for unaccompanied minor service, simply fill out the form on the Air India website and submit 3 copies to the carrier's nearest office.

Pet Policy

Air India accepts pets on board most flights. For domestic routes, the airline allows dogs, cats, and birds with a valid Health and Rabies vaccination certificate. The animal can fly in the cabin or as cargo and is subject to the airline's requirements. All pets must be carried in soft ventilated bags or kennels. The maximum size of the container in the cabin is 18"x18"x12" and 11lbs. Larger pets or containers must be carried in cargo. Be aware that only two pets are permitted on each domestic flight, and each container is subject to the normal excess baggage fee.

The airline also permits pets on most international flights with proper documentation. Normal excess baggage charges for international routes will apply. Pets are not permitted on any nonstop flight between India and the United States.

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