Air India formerly Air-India, airline founded in 1932 (as Tata Airlines) that grew into an international airline owned by the India government; it serves southern and east Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the United States, and Canada. Headquarters are in Bombay (Mumbai).
The first scheduled service was inaugurated in 1932 by J.R.D. Tata, flying mail and passengers between Kar?chi, Ahmad?b?d, Bombay, Bellary, and Madras. By 1939 routes had been extended to Trivandrum, Delhi, Colombo, Lahore, and intermediate points. After World War II, in 1946, Tata Airlines was converted into a public company and renamed Air-India Limited. Two years later, to inaugurate international services between Bombay (Mumbai) and Cairo, Geneva, and London, Air-India International Limited was formed. Air India is third-largest airline in India in terms of passengers carried, after IndiGo and Jet Airways.
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