Air India, the national air carrier of India was earlier known as Air-India was founded in 1932 by J.R.D Tata as Tata Airlines. The airline was later centralized as 49% of the airlines’ stakes were acquired by the Indian government after independence. The first route of Air India was inaugurated by J.R.D Tata in 1932 itself, flying mail and passengers between Karachi, Ahmadabad, Bombay, Bellary, and Madras. The routes were further extended to Delhi, Colombo, Trivandrum, Lahore and other points in 1939. However, it was after the Second World War in 1946 that the airline was converted into a public company and renamed Air-India Limited. International routes were added in 1948, extending the routes to Mumbai, Cairo, Geneva and London under Air India International Limited.
The government classified the airline into two parts in 1953, namely Indian Airlines Corporation (national carrier) and Air-India International Corporation (international carrier). The international carrier was renamed to Air-India in 1962. The hyphen in the airline’s name was removed in 2005 and since then it is known as Air India. Since its establishment, Air India has added several feathers to its hat with its world-class service. Apart from acting as a carrier, it has been a part of various evacuation programs initiated by government to rescue Indian nationals trapped in foreign countries under adverse conditions. These operations include airlifting Indian citizens from Kuwait after Baghdadi attacked the country and the recent rescue of Indian citizens from Coronavirus hit Wuhan city in China.