Air India Takes Meat Off From The Menu:- India’s biggest carrier Air India offers free meals for all the flyers on board which doesn’t happen with other airlines. In a shocking statement, Air India announced that they will not be offering non-vegetarian meals for economy class passengers. The decision has been taken sometime ago and it is being implemented from the mid of June this year on all the services of Air India. The harsh decision has been taken so as to cut down the cost and prevent wastage of food.
Air India in a statement also said that the decision has been taken to improve the catering service quality. Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani spoke to the leading newsdaily Hindu about this after which they released an official statement. Ashwani Lohani even informed that this is restricted to domestic flights and the International flyers can choose their meal. In a statement, Air India informed that the possibility of mixup will be avoided with the decision which happened several times in the past though no controversies have been raised.
Air India said that the food restriction will not affect the business class passengers as they will have the choice of their meal which is to be served on board. Non-vegetarian meals would be served for business class passengers on domestic flights. As per a source from Air India, the company is said to be saving Rs 8 crores per year with this decision. Air India has been spending Rs 400 crores on catering annually on both domestic and international flights.
Air India has been in plans for cost cutting after the government has been considering stake sale in the company as it has a debts of Rs 50000 crores. Early during this year, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley revealed the decision of the Union cabinet which gave the in-principle approval for disinvesting in Air India. Arun Jaitley even during an interaction with the media informed about the privatisation of Air India. He informed that Air India holds 14% passengers and rest have been handled by private airlines. Arun Jaitley hinted of making 100% flying private which means Air India is to be sold.
Air India top employees have been in talks from the past few months about the cost cutting and improving the services, quality to satisfy the customers which can gradually increase the profits. Air India stepping out with a vegetarian meal is their first step.