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The flag carrier of India, Air India is counted amongst the largest operators in the domestic aviation sector. This government-owned airline serves around 59 domestic cities, along with 31 international destinations in 19 countries across four most populous continents ? Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. It is based at two busiest airports in India, namely the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. Air India came into being in 1932 by the coming together of JRD Tata, who set up the Tata Group, and an aviator named Nevill Vintcent. Initially, the then Tata Airlines offered weekly airmail service from Karachi to Madras and Bombay, but its services were extended to Delhi and Colombo in 1938. In July 1946, the Tata Airlines became a public entity and was renamed as Air India. After the Indian independence, the government acquired 49% of its shares and in return, made it the national carrier under the name Air India International. In an attempt to nationalize the air transportation industry, the government of India purchased a majority stake in the airline and subsequently, its domestic services were transferred to the Indian Airlines. The carrier entered the jet age in 1960, after which it extended its services to the JFK International Airport in New York. Its long-haul services were truncated to Air India in 1962 and in the same year, the carrier became the world's first all-jet airline. Over the next few years, Air India extended its services across the globe while Indian Airlines operated flights to India. In May 2004, Air India introduced its low cost carrier called Air India Express that linked Indian cities with the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Air India took the first steps towards privatization in 2001 and in February 2011, it was finally merged with the Indian Airlines and respective subsidiaries of the two.
Presently, the airline's services are not limited to offering Air India air tickets to India, but has extended to over 19 countries around the globe. The carrier operates direct long-haul international flights from US connecting its four major destinations to India ? Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Newark. For other long-haul flights included in Air India deals, it has codeshare agreements with other US-serving carriers like Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. For passengers flying from US to India with this carrier, three classes of travel are available during Air India flight reservation, namely First, Executive and Economy. For every class, no fee is charged for a maximum permissible weight, which if exceeded, demands an excess baggage charge. For flights between US and India, Air India baggage allowance for 23-32 kg is USD 100 per piece up to 2 luggage and USD 200 for the 3rd and each additional piece. On-board, the airline entertains passengers with a host of services like in-flight entertainment, duty free sky shopping and delectable meals.
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Excluding the regional airlines, Air India has 99 aircraft in its fleet in addition to 20 pending orders. The segregation of Airbus and Boeing aircraft in Air India's operational fleet is as follows: 24 A319, 18 A320, 20 A321, 2 A330-200, 10 B787 Dreamliner, 8 B777-200LR, 12 B777-300ER and 5 B747-400.