Not to be confused with Air India Express or Alliance Air (formerly known as Air India Regional).


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1932–1946 1946–1960 1960–1970 1970–1972 1972–1990, 1992–2007 1990–1992 2007–present

Air India is the flag carrier airline of India. Until the mid-2000s, it operated only long-haul routes. A second flag carrier airline, Indian Airlines, operated domestic and short-haul routes, unil they merged in 2007, with Indian Airlines ceasing operations in 2011. It has been a member of the Star Alliance since 2014 and also owns the low-cost airline Air India Express, and formerly the regional carrier Alliance Air (Air India Regional).

On 8 October 2021, the Tata Group, which owned Air India until 1953, won a bid to take back control of the airline from the Indian government. On 27 January 2022, the Tata Group officially took over Air India and Air India Express, with only the regional airline Alliance Air remaining under government control.

Tata Air Lines


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Businessman J.R.D. Tata founded Tata Air Lines in 1932 and renamed it to Air India in 1946. The airline was fully nationalised in 1953. The government held a monopoly on aviation until 1993, when the full-service airline Jet Airways started operations. The Tata Group re-entered the aviation sector in 2014 with the launch of the low-cost carrier AirAsia India and the full-service carrier Vistara, which is a joint venture with Singapore Airlines.

Air-India International


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In 1960, the word International was removed from the logo. The Hindi text (shown here as used in Boeing 707s) now read एअर-इंडिया instead of एअर-इन्डिया. This logo was used until 1970.



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This logo appeared on early Boeing 747-237Bs.

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Air India


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Air India merged with short-haul flag carrier Indian Airlines in 2007 and unveiled a new logo and livery. This logo omits the centaur logo and replaces it with a Flying Swan with the wheel of Konark placed inside it. Both the Hindi and English wordmarks had '-' removed from between Air and India. All flights under the Indian (Airlines) brand and IC flight code were terminated on 26 February 2011.

Air India joined the Star Alliance on 11 July 2014, several years behind schedule. Since then, no airline has joined the alliance as a full, non-affiliate member.

On 8 October 2021, the Tata Group won a bid to acquire Air India, Air India Express and its related companies, which will co-exist with its existing airlines, AirAsia India and Vistara, for the time being. The takeover was completed on 27 January 2022, the day after group company Tata Sky rebranded to Tata Play. As a result, only Alliance Air continues to be owned by the Indian government.