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In A First, Air India To Reserve Seats For Women On Domestic Flights

6 seats on every domestic flight will be reserved for women from Jan 18.

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An Air India Ltd. aircraft passes over traffic as it prepares to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Flag carrier Air India has started reserving seats for women in every domestic flight, without any extra charges, according to reports. While there are seats specifically allotted for women in trains and metro coaches, this is the first time the facility will be extended to include an airline.

Six seats in the front rows of an aircraft will be reserved for women, Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani told The Hindu.

The national carrier is perhaps the first in the world to reserve seats for women.

"We will be reserving the third row -- six seats -- in the economy class of the aircraft for female passengers travelling alone," Air India general manager-revenue management Meenakshi Malik told the paper.

More details are awaited.