India’s National Flag Carrier Air India became the world’s first carrier to run an all-jet fleet
From being India’s first airline to entering the Guinness World Record for the largest air evacuation conducted by a civil airline even in a combat zone, Air India has made history not just once or twice, but multiple times. On 21 February 1960, Air India was tagged as the first Asian airline that had introduced a jet aircraft in its fleet, as it launched its first Boeing 707-42. Further, on 11 June 1962, Air India was known as the world’s first all-jet airline. The 90-year-old airline has contributed majorly in the moments in history, one being in 1962. The world was introduced to jets in the 1930-the 40s. The jet engine revolutionised air travel as it let manufacturers develop resistant and long-lasting jets enabled aircraft manufacturers. It also transformed how Indians travelled the globe. But only a few would know that the beginning of India’s Jet Age was ushered in by Air India in the 1960s. The first jet that India and its first airline received was a Boeing 707-437. It was delivered from Seattle, via New York and London, to Mumbai and the distance of 4,850 miles was covered in a record non-stop flight of 8 hours and 5 minutes. First Asian airline to enter the Jet AgeNot only did Air India get a 707 jet in its fleet also it also earned fame as being the first Asian airline to enter the Jet Age! The first airline globally to run an all-jet fleet 2 years later by 1962, Air India took its fame global by bagging the title of being the first carrier in the world to run an all-et fleet! Not did Air India redefine the aviation sector, but also took a gigantic step for the nation’s economy and “wanderlust”.
In January 2021 too, Air India set a world record for the longest, all-women cockpit crew flight. Its longest direct route flight AI-176 landed at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru from San Francisco. The flight which covered a distance of about 16,000 kilometres, flew over the North Pole and had an all-woman cockpit crew. Air India sets world record for longest, all-women cockpit crew flight Meanwhile, 69 years after being nationalised, Air India returned to its founder Tata Group, which won the bid to acquire the airline in October 2021. Air India was officially handed over to the Tata Group on January 27 2022.
Source: Times Now