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Air India New additions

June 2022

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Indian Airlines section has been updated, please click here to check it out.

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8th June 1948 posted from Calcutta, a 12 annas stamp comet cancel dated 6th June 1948

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New Air India flight cover found flown 6th April 1968 Kuwait to Geneva

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1961 Private ffc in monocolor

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1980 FFC flown to Calcutta to Singapore missed the cachet.(cachet shown below)

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1937 FFC flown both sides

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Air India Menu

May 2022

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1937 Tata Flight covers for addition of Bhuj as a stop.

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Hand Made fan given to First class passengers

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Type 1A covers to various Foreign destinations

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Type 2 covers to various Foreign destinations

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Type 3C covers to various Foreign destinations

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Type 3A covers to and from various Foreign destinations

January 2022

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Lot of new collectibles added to Publicity Ephemera and postcards page please do visit and enjoy!!!

This is a new variety found with Genève stamps.
There do exist Bombay-Genève, New Delhi-Genève and Genève-Bombay with Liechtenstein stamps.

December 2021

It gives me great pleasure to announce we have come across a lot of information regarding flights and pilots, Courtesy: Percy Jokhi.
Do check the names updated

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Che Guevara signed Air India photo

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Sent in 54, flown in 55

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Another example of Zurich Bombay Air India Flight Cover

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Some Old 1950's Air India photo's

October 2021

It gives me great pleasure to show you here some new unseen and unknown flight covers. We have also found a 1953 Bombay Dusseldorf cover which was thought does not exist. Keep visiting this page to view it in January 2022.

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Seen for the first time a intermediary flight cover for the return New York Bombay flight, via Frankfurt.

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A private cover example of this 1956 Rome Sydney flight

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Another great example of this 1955 Bombay Sydney flight sent from Dusseldorf, earlier one was addressed to Cairo, this cover to Sydney

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1932 Bellary Ahmedabad Tata flight cover.

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1935 Tata flight covers both Bombay Calcutta and Calcutta Bombay via Raipur and Tatanagar.

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1935 Bombay Trivandrum Tata flight cover

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1937 Tata flight cover to and from Bhuj, Anjar, Mandra, Ahmedabad, Bombay, Hyderabad.

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Madras Trichinopoly Colombo

December 2020

26.09.1956 DUSSELDORF-CAIRO VIA AUSTRALI
26.09.1956 DUSSELDORF-CAIRO VIA AUSTRALI
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K.R. GUJDER ON AN INAUGRAL FLIGHT CUTTIN
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November 2020

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1956 Prague Delhi Bombay Air India first

Another great example of this 1956 Praha Bombay via Delhi flight

1958 DELHI MOSCOW AIR INDIA FIRST FLIGHT
1958 DELHI MOSCOW AIR INDIA FIRST FLIGHT

ERROR:  Green missing, the QUTUB MINAR is also missing.

1976 BOMBAY BAGHDAD ERROR AIR INDIA FFC.

ERROR:  BAGHDAD- BOMBAY stamp instead of BOMBAY BAGHDAD

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Private FFC- BOMBAY BRISBANE via SYDNEY

1948 8TH JUNE FIRST FLIGHT STAMP ERROR B
1948 8TH JUNE FIRST FLIGHT STAMP ERROR B

ERROR:  RUDDER BROKEN example

August 2020

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Another great example of this 1956 Praha Bombay via Delhi flight, got a smudged Bombay arrival stamp.

June 2020

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January 2020

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1954 BOMBAY HONGKONG RED COVER AIR-INDIA

November 2019

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1935 BOMBAY TRIVANDRUM TATA FFC.jpg
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1938 TRICHINOPOLY TRIVANDRUM TATA FFC BA
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1938 TRICHINOPOLY TRIVANDRUM TATA FFC BA
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1935 BOMBAY TRIVANDRUM FFC BACK.jpg
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1932 LONDON AHEMDABAD VIA KARACHI FFC.jp
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1932 COLOMBO TO BOMBAY VIA MADRAS FFC.jp
1932 COLOMBO TO BOMBAY VIA MADRAS FFC BA
1932 COLOMBO TO BAGHDAD VIA MADRAS AND K
1932 COLOMBO TO BAGHDAD VIA MADRAS AND K
1935 TRIVANDRUM BOMBAY TATA AIRLINES FFC
1935 TRIVANDRUM BOMBAY TATA AIRLINES FFC
1936 XMAS FLIGHT BOMBAY TRICHINOPOLY FFC
1936 XMAS FLIGHT BOMBAY TRICHINOPOLY FFC
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1936 XMAS FLIGHT KARACHI CEYLON FFC BACK
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1936 XMAS FLIGHT MADRAS BOMBAY FFC BACK.
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1936 XMAS FLIGHT SAHARANPUR CEYLON FFC B
1936 XMAS FLIGHT TRICHINOPOLY BOMBAY FFC
1936 XMAS FLIGHT TRICHINOPOLY BOMBAY FFC
LETS HAVE AN AFFAIR INDIA BOOKLET SIGNED
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October 2019

1 APRIL 1963 GENEVA SINGAPORE AIR INDIA
1 APRIL 1963 GENEVA SINGAPORE AIR INDIA

This is the route for Geneva Sydney via Singapore

AIR INDIA SPECIAL EVENT SIMULTANEOUS LAN
AIR INDIA SPECIAL EVENT SIMULTANEOUS LAN

Found one more variety with UN stamps

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Tata Airlines freight label

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25th Jan 1951 Bombay Tokyo- signed cover

19 APRIL 1960 AIR INDIA BOMBAY LONDON FF
19 APRIL 1960 AIR INDIA BOMBAY LONDON FF

19th April 1960 Bombay London Signed Capt Rajwade

July 2019

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Type 4: Coasters added to collection

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A matchlabel and a matchbox

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Some missing coasters added to my collection, Courtesy Shri Piyush Khaitan

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Pope had visited India on an Air India flight.

This cover shows Indian cancel of 02-12-64 and the Italian cancel for 05-12-64.

June 2019

AIR INDIA,  Olympic Team 2006, Olympic G

Found one more variety in 2006 Turin  Olympic flight cover.

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Some excellent signed covers by Pilot and crew.

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Set of 8 glossy postcards showing different uniforms of the soldiers.

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1972 Private Osaka Bombay FFC

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1971 Bombay London and Bombay New York

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1932 Tata flight covers - Karachi to Ahemdabad , Madras to Greece

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Error FFC: Red colour shift

May 2019

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Some coasters missing from my collection.

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Wein Bombay addressed to FPO with FPO cancel at the back.

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Private flight cover to Geneva, also have to London and New York missing Cairo in this design

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1982 Pakistan stamps(block of 4) on Pakistan envelope

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Old Air India Ticket jacket

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Private New Delhi- Moscow 1958 FFC

May 2019

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7th Jan 1980 Calcutta Europe addressed to Paris, Retour Envoi on the front, and delivery cancel of 10th Jan 1980.

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This complete 3 types of Dusseldorf Bombay Dusseldorf Flight covers.

Error flight cachet Bombay London instead of Bombay New York.

April 2019

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16th July 1954 Bombay Singapore  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.

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4th September 1955 Singapore Paris Via Bombay, Paris ,Rome.

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This completes the set -  Singapore Paris Via Bombay, Paris ,Rome.

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26th March 1990 Fujairah Bombay

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21st May 1971 Frankfurt Bombay

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28th July 1949 In-flight cover from Cairo to France.

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14th May 1960 The 8500 mile journey was made via Beirut, Zurich, Paris and London to New York. This flight cover is for Paris to New York sector.

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5th January 1980 Tokyo Bombay FFC - Aircraft flown Boeing 747

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1st November 1978 Bombay Bahrain aircraft flown Airbus A300.

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11th June 1948 London Bombay FFC arrival stamp of 14th on the back. - No official Flight cover was issued for the return, this cover was arranged privately by Jal Cooper.

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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.

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4th May 1961 Bombay Nairobi

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10th October 1972 simultaneous landing of 3 flights BOAC, Swissair, Air-India

on the New York - Geneva -Bombay

IRELAND 1932 PAQUEBBOT ACCEPTANCE FOR IM
IRELAND 1932 PAQUEBBOT ACCEPTANCE FOR IM

Ireland 1932 PAQUEBOT  acceptance for Imperial Airways

 TATA Karachi Bombay Service

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AVIATION AIRLINE luggage labels AIR-INDIA

Singapore and Jakarta Air India Luggage Labels

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Madras to Karachi on 17- October-1932, Par Avion BY Air sticker at back

March 2019

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Air India poster 12 x 8 inch sizes era: 1960/70

Turin Winter Olympics Games - 30 January

2006 Air India flight for the Olympic Team.

Only 5 flown from this Gentleman.

GREAT BRITAIN 1932 ACCEPTANCE FOR FIRST
GREAT BRITAIN 1932 ACCEPTANCE FOR FIRST

Souvenir cover flown from London to Ceylon via Madras.

Flew from London on the 8th October 1932, might have missed the first flight as does not have a Karachi Madras Flight cachet on the cover, TPO cancel of 17th October at the back

February 2019

Vintage Airline Luggage Label - Air Indi

The scarce Gay Paris Air India luggage label, much has been written on it by Shri Piyush Khaitan on his website.

Matchbook matchbooks 1970s AIR INDIA AIR

Air India matchboxes various era.

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14th May 1960 Bombay New-York private cover with flight cachet.

January 2019

1948 INDIA First Day & Flight Cover AIR

8th June 1948 cover with a delivery mark in LONDON .

AIR INDIA NEW YORK NY NOVEMBER 22 1968 R

Air India meter cancel on a Air India stationery envelope from New York

AIR INDIA, First Class complimentary in-

Air India First Class complimentary in-flight gift of a Chinese Mystic Calendar, with year of birth and the animals represented for that year

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Barahmasa- 12 months

A portfolio of 4 miniature painting from the collection of Air India

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A unique 1969 First day cover by Air India London Office to commemorate Gandhi Centenary.

Rare Vintage Air India Airlines Honorary

This might have been the honour conferred upon the frequent flyer member.

VINTAGE ORIGINAL AIR-INDIA THE TATA LINE
AIR-INDIA LTD. THE TATA LINE AIRLINE LUG

One Scarce Luggage label, One Scarce Freight label

1950 ANTONIO FIORE GRANDE MANIFESTO AFFI

1950 ANTONIO FIORE GRANDE MANIFESTO AFFICHES DIPINTO A MANO AIR-INDIA PUBBLICITA

Air-India vintage Ragamala postcard port
India Mint Set & 1st. Flight Covers 34 u
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Air India recently introduced a non stop flight from Coimbatore, the "Manchester of South India" to National capital New Delhi on 1st December of 2018.  To commemorate this, Coimbatore postal circle issued a First flight Cover.

 

Marudamalai Murugal temple - Coimbatore and India Gate - Delhi, two prominent attractions of the two cities are  depicted on the cover. 

 

December 2018

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Rare 1950 luggage label

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Air India Good will flight signed by the cover designer.

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1964 Pope visit postcard by Akbarally's

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Samyog- Raiba

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Girl in green chair- Raiba

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Fruit Seller- Raval : green

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Fruit Seller - Raval : dark

Tata New additions

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The scarce Type 2 cover- Dark ultramarine circle.

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1932 London Bombay Via Karachi