Air India is one of the transport airlines in India. The inventory of this group has a fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircrafts. The supreme authority which controls Air India is, The Government of India. The office of the company is situated at Nariman Point in South Mumbai. Some of the subsidiaries of the company are Air India Cargo, Air India Express, and Air India Regional.
In the Year 1932, this company was established by J.R.D. Tata. This was earlier named as Tata Airlines, which worked as a division of Tata Sons Ltd, now known as Tata Group. Juhu aerodrome, in 1932 witnessed the development of its base with one pilot and two mechanics in consort with two piston engine aircraft. The company experienced a sudden expansion after the World War II. Normal commercial services were restarted in India following 2nd world war. In 1948, Tata Airlines was licensed as a public limited company. After independence, more than half of the airlines were developed by the Indian government and they were given the authority to run worldwide services from India. Then came the era of jet engine, the company bought their first jet engine aircraft in 1960 and it was Boeing 707-420. In 1962 the company’s name was formally changed to Air India. Then in 1993 the first continuous flight between New York and Delhi was introduced. In 2001 there were discussions regarding privatization of Air India but it never came into existence. Some of the aircraft during the jet age were Gauri Shankar and Emperor Ashoka. During 1990, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai got the maximum number of services of the company.
Mr. Rohit Nandan, IAS, was appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Ltd on August 12, 2011. He had worked for Indian Administrative Service in 80’s.
Air India is still a state-owned company. The company has been facing many problems such as enormous market share losses, declining profits, and escalating labor disputes. One of the major problems which act as a barrier for the development of the company is its poor customer service. As specified earlier there are many sub divisions for the company. Air India Cargo started its services in 1954. They used Douglas DC-3 Dakota aircraft for providing their service. They also provide trucks for road transportation of cargos in India. Air India Express started their service in 2005. They provide passenger services mainly to South East Asia and Gulf countries. The main hub of the airline is at Cochin International Airport. They have both short haul and long haul services. Air India provides 49 domestic services within India and 26 International services around the world.
A variety of openings are provided by the company. Many pilots work in this company and many opportunities are there for Aeronautical Engineers and AME students. Many strikes and lockouts caused cancellation of many flights; this made people to think of other airlines.