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Air India First Flight Cover Bombay Aden 21 Jan 1950
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation.

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Air India International inaugurated their new destination to Nairobi via Aden. Delivery cancel of 21st Jan on the back.Stamps cancelled at Bombay Airport.

Air India First Flight Cover Bombay Nairobi 21 Jan 1950
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation.

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Air India flight cover to Nairobi, no delivery cancel was given at Nairobi. Stamps cancelled at Bombay Airport.

Air India First Flight Cover Calcutta London 17 October 1950, Blue Cancel
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation.

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AIR INDIA_17TH OCT 1950 CALCUTTA LONDON

Air India announced its next route from Calcutta to London via Bombay. Violet cancel is applied here on both front and back, usually there is only one cancel.

Air India First Flight Cover Calcutta London 17 October 1950, Violet Cancel
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation.

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AIR INDIA_17 OCT 1950 CALCUTTA LONDON VO

Air India Calcutta London flight cachet with Maroon cancel. Addressed to Germany delivery cancel of 20th Oct.

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17th October 1950 Calcutta London FFC Registered mail- No official Flight cover was issued, the mail carried on the flight was stamped to commemorate the flight.

Air India First Flight Cover Dusseldorf Bombay 10 March 1953
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation.

Type 1: Airmail aerogramme, Dusseldorf Bombay Dusseldorf

Type 2: Durch Luftpost aerogramme, Dusseldorf Bombay

Type 3: Durch Luftpost aerogramme, Dusseldorf Bombay Dusseldorf

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Duesseldorf was added as an extra stop in the Bombay London Route on 1st March 1953.

Air India First Flight Cover BombayMdras Singapore 16 July 1954
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation.

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16th July 1954 Bombay Singapore via Madras Inaugural Flight sent by Shavak Mistry. Singapore receiving Stamp of 20th July 1954 and returned back to sender by Surface mail received in Bombay on 6th August 1954.

Air India First Flight Cover Bombay Hong Kong 14 August 1954
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation.

Name of Aircraft: Himalayan Princess,

Registration Mark: VT-DAS,

Pilots: Capt. H.B. Mistry, Capt.R.N. Goday

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AIR INDIA_14TH AUGUST 1954 BOMBAY HONGKO
1954 BOMBAY HONGKONG RED COVER AIR-INDIA

Air India next connected Bombay to Hong Kong on the 14th August 1954. The 8th June official cover was modified to use here. DLO mark at the back.

Air India First Flight Cover Hong Kong Bombay 17 August 1954
Type of Aircraft: Lockheed Constellation.

Name of Aircraft: Himalayan Princess,

Registration Mark: VT-DAS,

Pilots: Capt. H.B. Mistry, Capt.R.N. Goday

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AIR INDIA_17 AUGUST 1954 HONGKONG BOMBAY
AIR INDIA_17 AUGUST 1954 HONGKONG BOMBAY

Air India Hong Kong Bombay flight took place on the 17th August. Special cover was printed showing the map connecting Bombay via Bangkok and Calcutta. Also enclosed special souvenir card.

07.05.1955 This route was extended to Tokyo.

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AIR INDIA_17TH AUGUST 1954  BOMBAY HONGK

Really Unique flight cover for the Bombay Hongkong flight from Germany with a plethora of cancels, need more study......