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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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Air-India is India's national flag carrier.  On October 15, 1932. It was on this day that J.R.D. Tata, the father of Civil Aviation in India and founder of Air-India, took off from Drigh Road Airport, Karachi.  Tata Airlines was converted into a Public Company under the name of Air-India in August 1946. 

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Air-India International, which was registered on March 8, 1948, inaugurated its international services on June 8, 1948.

From a total of three stations served at the time of nationalization, Air-India's worldwide network today covers 44 destinations by operating services with its own aircraft and through code-shared flights.


We plan to increase capacity by 15 per cent a year, adding another 50 per cent to domestic capacity in three years. Our focus will remain on domestic business. In fact, international capacity expansion will help the domestic operations. (`We Are Making A Mark On International Routes', Business Line, K. Venugopal , Nov 06, 2007)

In keeping with UPA Government’s commitment to Muslim welfare” Overall Haj subsidy provided by the Government to go up now from Rs. 343 crore to 368 crore Varanasi will be included as a new embarkation point for Haj pilgrims from now on (Union Cabinet Rejects Proposal To Raise Air Fare For Haj Pilgrims , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

India will be ready to welcome the Airbus A380 from next year if any foreign airline is willing to fly the world’s biggest passenger plane to this country. (Palace Takes Wing, India Waits, Telegraph, A N Sudarsan Rao , Oct 26, 2007)

Air India on Friday said it was still in discussions with Star Alliance and that no decision has yet been taken on joining it. "No. (No Formal Pact With Star Alliance: Air India, International Herald Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 23, 2007)

Europe is one of the world’s foremost exporters of aeronautics-related products and services. The EU aeronautics and aerospace sectors represent multi-billion euro industries in the European economy, sustaining millions of jobs for the citizens. (A380: In A Class Of Its Own, Business Line, Mohan Murti, Oct 22, 2007)

Taking economic reforms forward is not easy in a coalition government; so, experience in negotiating with trade unions definitely helps. As does prudence gained by running a Rs 1,000-crore business. (Praful Patel Achieves The Impossible In Face Of Odds, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)

Air India is lending its wings to a major initiative by the Centre to spread the benefits of its Look East policy across the eastern region. (Eastward Ho For Airline, Telegraph, K.P. NAYAR , Oct 15, 2007)

The Air India Commission, inquiring the 1985 Kanishka bombing which claimed 329 lives, has pulled up the Federal government for its inability to provide basic information about how terrorist financing legislation is working in the country. (Ai Panel Pulls Up Canadian Govt For Inaction , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 12, 2007)

Passengers on an Air India domestic flight from Chennai to New Delhi had a narrow escape on Sunday night when their pilot managed to avoid a collision with a Jet Airways aircraft. (Planes Nearly Collide At Igi, Asian Age, Sonal Kellogg, Oct 11, 2007)

The Indian government is considering launching direct flights to the Gulf from Srinagar, Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said. (India Mulls Srinagar-Gulf Direct Flights, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 06, 2007)

Daljit Nagra, born to the sound of Air India jets landing at Heathrow and of parents who toiled in factories when they first arrived in the UK from Punjab in the 1960s, was today enjoying his first day as a literary celebrity after winning a major . . . . (British Poetry In Indian Accent , Telegraph, Amit Roy, Oct 06, 2007)

Let us not join the raucous recriminations currently echoing around the corridors of traditional cricket about whether 20/20 is a travesty of the game, a vulgar offshoot or indeed, an abomination. (Special Article, Statesman, Kishore Bhimani, Oct 05, 2007)

Unlearn Before U Learn — Seven critical factors to get out of the Rut: Kamekish; Promilla & Co., publishers in association with Biblophile South Asia, C-127, Sarvodaya Enclave, New Delhi-110017. Rs. 550. (New Arrivals, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 03, 2007)

A jail coupon for Rs 2 that Sanjay Dutt had handed his sisters on Rakshabandhan remains one of their most treasured possessions. (Brother’S Jail Gift: 2-Rupee Coupon , Telegraph, Mandira Nayar, Sep 28, 2007)

In a clear indication of the political positioning ahead of the likely mid-term polls, AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for his sustained diatribes against Lord Ram and demanded . . . . (Jaya Lashes Out At Karuna For Hurting Hindu Feelings , Pioneer, K Venkataramanan, Sep 27, 2007)

Tourism opens doors for women — This is the theme announced by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation for this year. (Win A Trip, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 26, 2007)

Prime suspect in the 1985 Air India bombing Talwinder Singh Parmar had reportedly told Punjab police that leaders of a Sikh youth organisation might be behind the attack that claimed 329 lives, according to evidence presented to a public . . . .. . ('Sikh Organisation Might Be Behind Kanishka Blast', Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 25, 2007)

In a startling revelation, an inquiry has been told that the Canadian police was kept in dark about the recorded phone conversations of the main suspect in the 1985 Air India bombing - evidence that could have led to the conviction of some of . . . . (Canadian Police Kept In Dark About Parmar Conversations , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 19, 2007)

If private airlines are fit to fly the domestic skies, there is no reason why they should not offer services on international routes. (Bridging The Gulf, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Sep 19, 2007)

In Mauritius, water is everywhere and the deep holds more beauty than one can imagine. (Water World, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Sep 03, 2007)

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