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HT This Day: April 19, 1971 –India’s first Jumbo arrives


The jumbo jet has blueprint to India. Emperor Ashoka, Air-India’s first Boeing 747 roared into Bombay’s skies this morning in regal splendour and used to be accorded a royal reception.

HT This Day: April 19, 1971 -- Air-India’s first Jumbo arrives
HT This Day: April 19, 1971 — Air-India’s first Jumbo arrives

The jumbo jet has blueprint to India. Emperor Ashoka, Air-India’s first Boeing 747 roared into Bombay’s skies this morning in regal splendour and used to be accorded a royal reception.

The jumbo, which is 2-and-half times the scale of the Boeing. 707, used to be escorted by two 1AF MiGs flanking it on both facet from Alibagh, 30 miles south of Bombay. It touched down at Santa Cruz airport at 8.23 a.m.

The escorting MiGs and the third directing them then flew away to Poona. Welcoming the Emperor Ashoka were the Governor of Maharashtra and Begum Ali Yavar Jung, Mr J. R. D. Tata, Chairman of Air-India and Mrs Tata; Air Marshal M. S. Chaturvedi, Air-India’s same outdated supervisor and Mrs Chaturvedi; Mr Bobby Kooka, commercial supervisor, officers of Air-India and a expansive alternative of residents.

The ceremonies began after the jet, commanded by Capt. D. Bose, made an real parking job in front of the shamiana. A pujari performed the Ganesh puja and the oldest worker of Air-India performed the coconut breaking ceremony.

Talking on the occasion Mr J. R. D. Tata referred to the delivery and development of Air-India one day of the past 40 years.

Explaining why Air-India had long past in for thus expansive and costly a plane when the 707s were aloof fit he talked about: “One is that we can not live a competitive provider except we ensure that no diversified airline on this planet offers better equipment or better provider to our passengers than we attain. The diversified is that for the most critical time the exchange has accessible an plane expansive satisfactory to cater a mass vacationer market. With the expected snappy development of the circulation of holiday makers to India within the years t plot, Air-India must be equipped to raise its excellent fragment of the traffic. So, whether the income and loss fable we are in a position to talk in confidence to the Govt within the arrival years proves that we were lawful or unsightly in offering you the Boeing-747s on your comfort, comfort and pleasure, I hope which that you would possibly per chance well per chance on the least approve of our first Emperor, and, powerful more so, that this would possibly per chance well per chance per chance not be lengthy sooner than you bought a impress on him. To our trip agent mates who are here on the present time, would possibly per chance well per chance per chance I enlighten with folded palms: “You can per chance per chance be our bread and butter. So won’t you please unfold the Amul evenly over 340 seats four times a week ?”

He talked about the 747 cruised at 600 miles an hour on a jet blast of 80.000 H.P. from its four mighty engines and accommodated in luxurious comfort 340 passengers, wined and dined from four galleys.

Mr J. B. Connelly, Vice-President of the Boeing Plane Firm paid a tribute to Air-India and its functioning.

The Governor of Maharashtra talked about he had seen the 747s in making and had additionally flown in one.

The inner decor of the jumbo is impressed by the romantic folklore and legends narrated within the worthy Indian myth, the Mahabharata, and thus recaptures India’s cultural heritage thru the ages. The episodes depicted on the panels are taken from the life of Lord Krishna.

The 747s enjoy crimson and blue panels in alternate zones. The Maharajah lounge in it introduces the passenger to but one other age of beauty and charm-the peerless Gupta age.

With the appearance of the jumbo, expected to be in provider from next month. India has entered a new allotment of jet operations.

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