Amid talks of Centre divesting majority stake in Air India, the Maharaja has decided to serve only vegetarian meals to all its economy class fliers even as the business class will continue to enjoy the luxury of non-vegetarian meals. As reported by Times Now, the management board had decided around two weeks back to cut costs on its domestic flights within the country. However, non-vegetarian food will continue to be served by the airlines international routes and for business and first class passengers in the domestic circuit. The Maharaja has been under struggling under the weight of a huge debt of nearly Rs 52,000 crore. As per Times Now, the management board thinks that serving only vegetarian food to the economy class fliers within the country will save them Rs 7-8 crore annually. For flights under 90 minutes, Air India had already implemented the scheme one and a half years ago.
“This can only be expected from Air India. They might save a maximum of Rs 10-20 per meal by serving only veg food.” The decision by management board signals evident prejudice between economy class and business class,” the Air Passengers Association President D Sudhakar Reddy told Times Now.