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Bluegrass Airlines, March 2011

Indian National Airways 50 by Allan Lowson

(copyright www.timetableimages.com)

Indian National Airways

 

Indian National Airways commenced the first daily service in India, between Calcutta and Dacca on 1 December, 1933.

 

Indian National Airways, a company based at Delhi, was formed with the dual purpose of operating services of its own and participating, along with the Government of India, as one of two minority shareholders in Indian Trans-Continental Airways. INA began operations of its mail and freight service between Calcutta and Rangoon, and between Calcutta and Dacca (now Bangladesh), with a De Havilland Dragon Aircraft.

 

In 1953 Indian National Airways and several other independent airlines were nationalised and amalgamated to provide the domestic route service of Indian Airlines.

 

Indian National Airways Routes

Indian National Airways served routes across the Northern plains of India, broadly following the Imperial Airways route from Europe to Singapore. The times for these flights are taken from the 1950 timetable available at the excellent www.timetableimages.com

 

Delhi - Calcutta

 

This route was served by Vickers Viking aircraft.

 

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Distance

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City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

117

0

0800

Delhi

VIDP

1745

 

708 nm

 

708 nm

1215

Calcutta

VECC

1315

302

0

 

Delhi - Karachi

 

This route was served by Douglas DC-3 aircraft.

 

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Distance

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City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

238

0

0815

Delhi

VIDP

1900

 

257 nm

 

257 nm

1015

Jodhpur

VIJO

1700d

056

 

256

 

1045d

Jodhpur

VIJO

1630

 

330 nm

 

330 nm

1315

Karachi

OPKC

1400

074

0

 

Calcutta - Rangoon

 

This route was served by Vickers Viking and DC-3 aircraft. Arrival and departure times in Burma are shown in Indian time, Burma was an hour ahead.

 

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Distance

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City Name

ICAO

Up

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Distance

127

0

0700

Calcutta

VECC

1440*/1545

 

554 nm

 

554 nm

1100/1025*

Rangoon

OPLA

1115*/1145

309

 

 

*Viking aircraft flew the route Tuesdays to Sundays and cruised faster.

 

Delhi - Lahore

 

This route was served by DC-3 aircraft.

 

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Distance

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City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

322

0

0845

Delhi

VIDP

1245

 

226 nm

 

226 nm

1030

Lahore

OPLA

1100

140

0

 

 

Delhi - Srinagar

 

This route was served by Douglas DC-3 aircraft, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays stopped at Amritsar and Jammu en route to Srinagar.

 

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Distance

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City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

328

0

0730

Delhi

VIDP

1920

 

224 nm

 

224 nm

0915

Amritsar

VIAR

1735d

146

 

001

 

0945d

Amritsar

VIAR

1705

 

59 nm

 

59 nm

1035

Jammu

VIJU

1615d

181

 

358

 

1100d

Jammu

VIJU

1550

 

77 nm

 

77 nm

1150

Srinagar

VISR

1500

178

0

 

Srinagar- Jammu

 

This route was served by DC-3 aircraft.

 

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Distance

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City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

178

0

1140

Srinagar

VISR

1400

 

77 nm

 

77 nm

1230

Jammu

VIJU

1310

358

0

 

 

 

Flight Simulator Files

There is a Vickers Viking by Jens Kristensen available for both FS2004 and FSX in Viking_10.zip and Viking_10x.zip respectively.

Although the DC-3 is not available in an Indian National Airways scheme, the DC-2 is available in a payware package from http://home.hccnet.nl/r.cappers/dc2/ and an Indian National Airways scheme is available from www.flightsim.com in dc2_indi.zip for FS2004 and dc2x_india.zip for FSX. This aircraft was used in the mid-40s by Indian National Airways, when the stock of DC-3s was otherwise engaged.

The routes from Karachi through Delhi to Calcutta will have essentially followed those of Indian Trans-Continental Airways, for which an Armstrong Whitworth AW.15 has been produced by Jens and is available in aw15_v3.zip.

 

Meantime excitement knew no bounds as the author celebrated his birthday in Calcutta some five years later.