Air India : 25 Years of International Services

A commemorative postage stamp on 25th Anniversary of Air Indias International Services (19481973) :

578 Air India's International ServiceIssued by India

Issued on Jun 8, 1973

Issued for : To mark the silver jubilee of Air-India’s Overseas Operations a multicoloured stamp showing an exciting night shot from the tail end of the Boeing 747 was issued. The P & T Department consider it their privilege to commemorate this landmark in the life of the nation’s flag carrier.

Description of Design : The design of the stamp is horizontal and depicts an exciting night shot from the tail end of the Boeing747.

Designed by : Adapted by the staff Artists of India Security Press from the original design submitted by AIRINDIA.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : Rs. 1.45

Overall Size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.

Printing Size : 3.56 X 2.54 cms.

Perforation : 13 x 13

Watermark : Printed on unwatermarked gummed coated paper

Number Printed : 10,00,000

Number per issue Sheet : 35

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • The 8th of June 1948 saw India entering the field of International Air Transport. On that day, Air India International’s (as it was then known) Constellation ‘Malabar Princess’ took off from Bombay to London via Cairo and Geneva.
  • The 25 years that have since passed, constitute a glorious period in the history of Indian Air Transport unfolding a most exciting story of how an airline which initially served three overseas stations has grown to include within its fleet four Boeing 747-237Bs, four Boeing 707-437 intercontinental jets, three Boeing 707-337Bs and two Boeing 707-337Cs, and span 35 cities in five continents [at the time of issuance of this stamp].
  • With the growth in Air-India’s International Operations grew its popularity also. The ‘Maharaja’ captured the imagination of the tourist population and their expectations were realised in the high quality of service which they received in Air-India planes.
  • AirIndia employs over 10 thousand men and women hand picked for competence for the post which they are expected to man. The Air Hostesses are noted for their looks, charm, poise, and intelligence; if Air-India has earned an enviable reputation for efficiency, safety, punctuality and courtesy, it is as a result of the dedicated service of the fine band of personnel constituting Air-India staff. The success of Air-India since its inception has also been due to the fact that it has put into service the best and the latest aircraft available. The ‘Flying Maharaja’ has, as his palaces in the sky four magnificent ‘Jumbos’ the first of which, the Emperor Ashoka, joined Air-India fleet in 1970-71.
  • The tourist’s first impression of India is formed on board the aircraft and, aware of this, Air-India has been assiduously trying to project a glowing image of the country with its varied cultural heritage – in the process, enhancing its own prestige.

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