What are Air India and Indian Airlines
Air India was founded in 1932 in Bombay (now Mumbai) under the name Tata Airlines. It was not until 16 years later, in 1948, that Tata Airlines was renamed Air India. In 1953 Air India was nationalized. Air India is now the brand name of the National Aviation Company of India which emerged from the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines.
Air India's fleet now includes 127 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus. 40 more aircraft are on order, also to retire the aging Boeing 747. These include 27 orders for the new Boeing 787, which is expected to be delivered in 2012.
Air India flies to international destinations as far as Europe and North America. The most important location is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. But Frankfurt Airport is also of great importance as the airline's hub. Since 2007, Air India has also operated non-stop flights with the Boeing 777 from Mumbai to JFK international Airport in New York.
July 14, 2014 - Air India: New member of the Star Alliance
As reported by the aviation news portal airliners.de, the Indian airline Air India has been an official member of the international airline alliance Star Alliance since July 11, 2014. The report states that the airline has been striving to join the Star Alliance for years and has now officially joined. Air India has been accepted as a future Star Alliance member since 2007. The admission procedure was then discontinued and only started again at the end of last year. With the entry of Air India as a new partner, the market share of the Star Alliance around Lufthansa in India has increased to 30 percent, reports airliners.de. In addition, the new member will enable the aviation alliance to expand its route network by around 400 daily connections and 35 new destinations. The report also states that Air India will coordinate arrival and departure times with other Star Alliance partner airlines as part of its membership. In addition, the first and business class will be expanded and the catering will be upgraded. Mark Schwab, CEO of Star Alliance, is pleased about the first Indian full member in the alliance: “Today is an important day for us. For many years we have spoken of the need for a large national airline within the Indian market and now we have been able to achieve this goal by adding Air India to our Star Alliance family. We know that the "new" Air India is looking forward to offering the Star Alliance customer benefits significantly more passengers. "
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