1. Air India stops serving chicken in economy class, switches to pure veg menu

Air India stops serving chicken in economy class, switches to pure veg menu

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.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 10, 2017 1:25 PM
Air India stops serving chicken in economy class, switches to pure veg menu (Reuters).

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.

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    Anup Sen
    Jul 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm
    The ban on the Non-Veg menu in Domestic Flight by Air India / Indian Airline is not a new one. Several years back they have introduced the plan 'All Veg meals in Domestic Flights'. The experience of that move was bad for the Airlines. Many passengers opted to other Airlines and in the wake of losing market share, Air India had to roll-back their foolish decision. The argument for the non-veg blackout is also ridiculous. They will save Rs 10 to Rs 20 per passenger after the move. If the delay in paying the Bills due for payment by Govt of India to the Airline, the savings on account of bank interest paid by the Airlines would by several times higher. In a single word 'Peny Wise - Pound Foolish".
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    Prafulla Bhatnagar
    Jul 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    Once the pride of the Indian Skies, Air India is nothing but Penny Wise Pound Foolish with this so-called cost saving effort and looks like its the brain child of some duffer like Rahul Gandhi !! Wake up AI ... kick out your age old staff who are not willing to bend that bit extra for the customers who pay for services. Dont tell me that you want pasengers to fully digest their food before deplaning, hence no Non-Veg on short haul Flights. Come on, there needs to be some sanity and logic in whatever you want to do. You guys are indeed a joke. The Maharaja must be constipated by this decision !!
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    Hari Hara Krishna Kumar
    Jul 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    Air India should follow other operators when it comes to food... It should now remodel itself as a low-cost airline...be frugal at best...cut out all the flab...The govt should have the courage to perform drastic steps in cutting costs...
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