Air India’s Maharaja getting new clothes? Not really!

Everyone seems to have picked up the story from the Times of India yesterday, where they gave the spin that the Air India had decided to give its Maharaja mascot a makeover to look more like the common man.

Here is how they portrayed the comparison:


Of course, in the battle of clicks, many stories came out calling this Maharajah hideous. I have to admit he looks hideous, but what the stories conveniently forget to tell you is how there are so many adaptations of the Maharajah and this is just one of them.

Take a look at some of his other adaptations:


Of course, it was left to Air India to clear up the mess. And they had to go out on Twitter to fix this and issue a clarification:


So, the Maharajah stays as he is, and the hideous look you see above, is just one of his adaptations, which perhaps AI will nix after seeing all this feedback over the internet.

Join over 4000 people who check-in daily to find out about the best in travel.
Free emails (once-a-day) | RSS Feeds | Facebook Updates | Twitter | Instagram

About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

More articles by Ajay Awtaney »


  1. Now he really looks more like a common man, no doubt (even with a cell in his hand) 🙂
    Nice meeting your blog, Ajay!
    I would love you checking out my photoaggregation project Carde-app dot com, and you opinion about it.
    Happy travels 2015! Daria

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *