Flying in an Air India 747 ‘Jumbo’ has changed a lot in 50 years
The Boeing 747 has slowly been phased out by the carrier.
Only four 747s remain in the fleet, and now mostly fly to Mumbai and Kolkata from Delhi.
Many of my most cherished childhood memories feature a dinosaur. Or at least what I thought was a dinosaur till this week: the Air India Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo’ jet. It could be because, in my 6-year-old mind, the humongous dimensions of the then state-of-the-art aircraft seemed very much like that of the gigantic dinosaur fossil at the Museum of Natural History in New York—the city I flew into aboard that iconic aircraft in 1972. Of course back then