New Delhi – Air India marks the 72nd anniversary of international flights. The first service that the Indian carrier operated flew from Bombay to London.
A Constellation aircraft took off from Mumbai on June 8 & landed in London via Cairo & Geneva on June 10, 1948 with 35 passengers on board on the first ever international flight by Air India.The flight was operated by an Air India Lockheed L-749 Constellation aircraft. With the registration VT-CQP, the plane was known as the Malabar Princess. According to Hardeep Singh Puri, Indias Minister for Civil Aviation, 35 passengers were on the flight, including the famous Indian aviator J.R.D. Tata.It took three stops to complete the 5,000-mile journey to London in 1948.