Among the things preserved by my dad was this Indian Airlines Corporation “Passenger Ticket & Baggage Check”, Bangalore-Hyderabad on IC404. The ticket jacket is unlaminated cardboard (not thin paper). Note the Indian Airlines logo, quite different from what we were used to seeing later.
The passenger coupon entries are hand-written, with the passenger copy (not good for travel) being a carbon paper impression.
Date of issue 17 May 64.
Fare Rs 107/-.
Baggage free allowance 20 kg.
Date (of travel) 18 May.
Reservation status OK.
This was probably a hopping flight Blr-Hyd-Del, as online records show that IC404 seems to have been Blr-Del.
51 years later, Indian Airlines no longer exists (it was merged with Air India), but similar flights for next day travel are available at Rs 2800 or so.
Interesting posession Arthi. Incidently, Indian Airlines, like other airlines across the world were using a cardex system where flight details of each passenger was noted by pen and kept in neat rows in a metal tray. It moved on to a computerised system in (IBM 1032) 18th 1972, which of course was not an ineractive system but only a legacy system which kept records for printing 15 days before flights, afrer which it was manual.
The real time or interactive system came in 1985 in the firm if a Sperry Univac mainframe computer which was the largest system in India for a long time.
The fare of Rs. 107 would have been fairly high because there was no competition. The route of IC404 was indeed BLR HYD DEL at that time.
Thanks for the info you have shared Ajay Bhaiya. Very interesting to know.