Air India, India’s largest airline, has been around for a long time. In the 1960s and 1970s, traveling with Air India was a unique experience for Indians and foreigners alike.
Sam Chui, a Chinese-Australian aviation and travel vlogger and photographer, documented what the Air India B747 experience looks like. Here are some of her exclusive photos that were posted on her website.
From interiors to food, everything aboard the 747 brought Indian culture to life.
The reception of passengers by the flight attendants has become one of the most memorable experiences for them.
The crew waiting to board the plane.
The following images are from Debasish Chakraverty’s private collection of Air India memorabilia from 1969 to 1989. His father flew the 707s and 747s during this time.
An air hostess serving a passenger in Emperor Ashoka’s first class section.
Emperor Ashoka’s Maharaja Lounge. The design of this lounge was one of a kind.
JRD Tata, then president of Air India, served in silverware by a flight attendant in 1971.
Just a bunch of flight attendants.
Air India’s experience in the 1970s left a remarkable impression on passengers. Antony Toth, a retro aviation collector, recreated the retro experience of the 747, when Air India was known for its hospitality, interiors and everything in between.
He spent much of his 2020 year recreating the glorious past of the Air India B747-200 retro flight experience. You can watch the video here.
You can check out more exclusive images here.