History of Boeing in India

  • 1923: As part of Douglas Aircraft Company’s (now Boeing) historic flight around the world, three Douglas World cruisers reach Calcutta
  • 1932: J.R.D. Tata flies from Karachi to Ahmedabad via Mumbai in a single-engine de Havilland (now Boeing) Puss Moth
  • 1941: The Government of India lends a Douglas aircraft (now Boeing) to Tata Airlines for the historic Karachi to Baghdad flight
  • 1944: Tata Airlines flies weekly Bombay to Colombo using Douglas (now Boeing) DC-3s
  • 1945: Tata Airlines purchases / leases Douglas (now Boeing) DC-3s
  • 1955: Indian Airlines replaces Douglas (now Boeing) DC-3s with DC-4s
  • 1960: Air India receives delivery of Boeing 707-437s
  • 1967: Air India places orders for Boeing 747-100s
  • 1970: Indian Airlines receives delivery of Boeing 737s
  • 1971: Air India receives delivery of Boeing 747-200s
  • 1988: Air India receives delivery of Boeing 747-300s
  • 1991: HAL becomes single-source producer of Boeing 757 over-wing exit doors
  • 1993: Air India receives delivery of Boeing 747-400s
  • 1995: Boeing initiates R&D collaboration with National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)
  • 1997: Boeing initiates partnerships with leading Indian firms in Engineering and Information Technology
  • 2003: Boeing establishes a wholly owned subsidiary in India - Boeing International Corporation India Private Limited (BICIPL)
  • 2005: Air India orders 68 Boeing aircrafts - largest valued single order in commercial aviation history
  • 2005-2007: Private airlines (Spice Jet and Jet Airways) place orders totaling 70 Boeing aircraft
  • 2005: Boeing forms partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, to conduct research in aerospace material, structures, and manufacturing technologies
  • 2007: Boeing and HAL sign MoU to produce parts for commercial and defense aircraft
  • 2008: Indian Air Force receives delivery of Boeing 737 VVIP aircraft
  • 2008: Boeing establishes Aerospace Network Research Consortium (ANRC) in partnership with IISc, Wipro and HCL
  • November 4, 2008: Boeing Day held at Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  • 2009: Indian Navy places orders for eight Boeing P-8I Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance aircraft
  • March 31, 2009: Boeing Research & Technology-India established in Bengaluru, India
  • 2011: India’s Ministry of Defence signs an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters
  • 2012: Boeing delivers Air India’s first 787 Dreamliner
  • 2013: Arrival of the first Boeing P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft in India
  • 2013: Arrival of the first C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft in India
  • 2014: Indian Air Force receives 10 C-17 Globemaster IIIs
  • 2015: Indian Navy takes delivery of eight P-8I aircraft
  • 2016: Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) formed as a joint venture between the Tata Group and Boeing
  • 2017: Boeing Defence India established
  • 2018: SpiceJet takes deliveries of its first 737 MAXs
  • 2018: TBAL delivers its first AH-64 Apache helicopter fuselage
  • 2019: Indian Air Force receives its first CH-47 Chinooks and AH-64 Apaches, as well as its 11th C-17 Globemaster III
  • 2020: Vistara receives its first 787-9 Dreamliner
  • 2020: The Government of India signs an agreement with Boeing for the acquisition of six AH-64E Apache helicopters for the Indian Army