Tata Airlines was founded by Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (1904–1993) as Tata Airlines in 1932. Tata himself flew its first single-engine de Havilland Puss Moth, carrying air mail from Karachi to Bombay’s Juhu aerodrome and later continuing to Madras (currently Chennai).
The airline launched its first domestic flight from Bombay to Trivandrum with a six-seater Miles Merlin. Colombo in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Delhi were added to the destinations in 1938. During the Second World War, the airline helped the Royal Air Force with troop movements, shipping of supplies, rescue of refugees and maintenance of aircraft
After World War II, it became a public limited company and was renamed as Air India.