Air India, the largest carrier airline of India, has been in existence for a long time. Back in the 60s and 70s, travelling by Air India was a unique experience for Indians and foreigners alike.

Sam Chui, a Chinese-Australian aviation and travel vlogger and photographer has documented how Air India B747 experience looks like. Here are few of his exclusive photos that have been published on his website.

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From interiors to food, each and every thing onboard 747 brought the Indian culture alive.

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The air hostesses greeting the passengers became one of the most memorable experiences for them.

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The crew waiting to board the plane.

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The following pictures are from Debasish Chakraverty's private collection of Air India memorabilia from 1969 to 1989. His father piloted the 707s and 747s during this period.

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A flight attendant serving a passenger in the first-class section of the Emperor Ashoka.

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The Maharaja lounge of Emperor Ashoka. The design of this lounge was one-of-a-kind.

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JRD Tata, the then Chairman of Air India, being served in a silverware by a flight attendant in 1971.

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Just a bunch of air hostesses.

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The Air India experience in the 70s left a remarkable impression on the passengers. Antony Toth, a retro aviation collector, recreated the retro 747 experience, when Air India was known for their hospitality, interiors and everything else.

He spent much of his 2020 to re-create the glorious past of Air India B747-200 retro flying experience. You can watch the video here.

You can check more exclusive pictures here.