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: he would do so by demonstrating that world-class lawmakers Had never known the world’s leading airlines of the time.
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 knowledge 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.
Anthony Sampson, in his best-selling book, Sky Empires – Politics, Competition and World Airlines Posters, a chapter on how Asian airlines like Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Thai Airways have begun to dominate the skies in The 1970s by 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 by scheduled train – a process that could take several days.
A former Royal Air Force pilot named Nevill Vintcent had an idea: what if someone has set up an air service that could pick up the Karachi mail and deliver it to their destination on the same day? Vincent got the idea for JRD.
Tata, descended 25 from the Tata family and an aviation fan (boy in France, his family was close to Louis Bleriot, a legendary aviation pioneer, and the young JRD had his first flight of Adolphe Pegoud, the world’s first boxer In the first world war, and the first man to have achieved acrobatic maneuver called “curling the curl”).
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 resumed the remaining mail transport 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).
The children’s company had a staff of two pilots, three field engineers, four peons and two chowkids and the Karachi-Bombay-Madras operated every Monday, stopping overnight at Bellary on the way – a 28-hour trip around.
During its first year, airmail Tata obtained a profit of Rs 60,000, with a total of 10 tons of mail, as well as 155 passengers.