Stopped by the East India monopoly from running activities out of Bombay, the most suitable port of call, P&O carried out to planning a service between Suez, Aden, Point de Galle, and Calcutta to associate with its service between England and Egypt. Prior to the inauguration of the Suez Canal, passengers to India had to arrive in port at Alexandria and withstand a difficult and usually dangerous trip by carriage throughout the desert to the Red Sea, where they embarked on another ship. P&O keenly promoted the building of a railway across Egypt and, to safeguard goods, operated repair yards and farms along the way.
P&O’s initial travel to India was commenced in 1842 by the Hindostan, its biggest ship to date. This motivated activity required the establishment of coal and supply stations at transitional points along the pathways and of organizations for the overland portion of the trip. The swifter pace and dependability of P&O’s service compared with that of its competitor, the East India Company, ultimately resulted in P&O’s right to access to Bombay.