Air India was once the company that inspired Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific
In the early 1970s, the Singapore government, led by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, had a great idea. In order to attract investment in the small island nation, he thought to start an international airline that would act as a kind of Singapore aerial advertising and its world-class capabilities.
It would do this by demonstrating executives around the world a level of excellence that had never known leading airlines of the time world.
It was a great idea, but the new Singapore Airlines Obviously, you would have to work with an existing airline that would acquire the necessary know-how and service standards.
The question was: which airline could it be? Authorities have made a list of the best airlines in the world, and eventually one of them returned.
And this airline, believe it or not, was Air India.
Anthony Sampson, in his bestseller, Empires of the Sky-politics, competition and cartels World Airlines, devotes a chapter to companies like Asia such as Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways have begun to dominate the sky 1970, redefining the concept of service.
But the first Asian airline to do so, said Samson was Air India, who inspired everyone else in the 1940s.
Air India had a curious beginning. In the early 1930s, European air charters to India were unloading international airlines to Karachi. This letter was sent to its destination in the process – a process that could take several days.
A former pilot in the Royal Air Force called Nevill Vintcent had an idea: what if someone was to create an air service that could pick up the mail Karachi and deliver it to your destination on the same day? Vintcent got the idea of JRD Tata, descending 25 from the Tata family and an aviation fanatic (boy in France, his family was near Louis Bleriot, a legendary aviation pioneer, and the young Un JRD had given their first flight other than Adolphe Pegoud, the first boxer in the world in the first world war, and the first man to perform the aerobatic maneuver called “loop the loop”).
Thus, in 1932, JRD Tata and Tata began airmail Vintcent. They had two Puss Moth planes, which could fly at 100 miles per hour, carrying a cargo of mail and two passengers; The only equipment that had a pair of glasses and a rule of calculation in the first to help the driver to navigate.
The first airmail flight Tata took off on October 15, 1932. JRD Tata took the mail from Karachi to Bombay and Vintcent took over the remaining archive from Bombay to Madras. (It is interesting to note that the first flight was delayed by a month due to the untimely rains flooded by the collapse of mud in Bombay, and had to wait until it is completely dry).
A Tata Airlines commercial for 1939. (author included)
Children’s company had a squad of two pilots, three field engineers and two chowkidars four pawns, and Karachi-Bombay-Madras operated every Monday, stopping overnight at Bellary on the road: a 28-hour trip around.
During its first year, Tata Air Mail made a profit of Rs60,000, carrying a total of 10 tons of mail and 155 passengers (it would be interesting to know that these intrepid passengers early, but unfortunately there is no record of their names) .
In a few years, its service to Delhi (through Indore, Bhopal and Gwalior), Hyderabad, Goa and Colombo has been extended and in 1938 changed its name to Tata Airlines.