Here is a brief profile and history of Indian Airlines Limited (Ltd)

Indian Airlines

Indian Airlines is India's premier airline. The fully state-owned airline is administered by Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. The airline came into existence in 1953, with the enactment of the Air Corporations Act 1953. Indian Airlines started its operation on August 1, 1953. It was entrusted with the responsibility of providing air transportation within the country as well as to the neighboring countries in Asia. Based in Delhi, the airline focuses at strengthening its dominance in the domestic circuit and providing world-class services to its international passengers, traveling to and from its neighboring countries.

History Of Indian Airlines
Indian Airlines came into existence after nationalization of eight private airlines. At the time of nationalization, Indian Airlines inherited a fleet of 99 aircraft, consisting of various types of aircrafts. With nationalization, Indian Airlines started modernization in Indian civil aviation industry. Year 1964 heralded the beginning of the jet era in Indian Airlines, when the Caravelle Aircraft was inducted into the fleet. Airbus A320s, included it the fleet of Indian Airlines, were introduced in the 1990s. Continuous up gradation in the fleet Indian Airlines has been going on, ever since its inception.

Re-branding Of Indian Airlines
In the year 2005, India witnessed a number of re-branding initiatives, taken by some of the big names in the corporate world. One such noted move was made by Indian Airlines Limited, which changed its name to 'Indian'. The decision was a part of the promotional program, done to revamp the image of the airline. The advertising campaign of Indian airlines was a hit amongst the common masses. The 'turbaned Maharaja' mascot of 'Indian' clicked the minds of the people in the country. The campaign helped 'Indian' to become a household name in the country. In February 2007, the Government of India proposed the plan of Indian's merger with Air India. The merger process is currently in progress.

Destinations
'Indians' transport network spans from Kuwait in the west to Singapore in the east and covers 67 destinations (50 within India and 13 abroad). The destinations covered by the airline in India include Port Blair, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar, Gaya, Patna, Chandigarh, Raipur, Delhi, Goa, Ahmadabad, Jamnagar, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jammu, Leh, Srinagar, Ranchi, Bangalore, Mangalore, Cochin, Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Indore, Khujraho, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Imphal, Aizwal, Dimapur, Bhubaneshwar, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichi, Agartala, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kolkata and Siliguri. The Indian Airlines international network covers Maldives, Nepal, Colombo, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat, Doha, Dubai and Sharjah. Presently, Indian Airlines has a fleet of 70 aircraft, including Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200 and Airbus A321-200.

Last Updated on 1st August, 2009