Even as the government has decided to de-invest in the national career Air India, the airlines announced that it will not serve non-vegetarian food on domestic economy class to cut costs.
Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani told The Hindu, "We have decided to serve vegetarian meals in our economy-class seats on domestic flights."
He told the newspaper that non-vegetarian meals will, however, be continued to be served on business class.
While several questions were being raised about the reason behind the airline's decision, Air India's spokesperson GP Rao told ANI:
This decision(no non-veg meals) is effective only for domestic economy class passengers.It will reduce wastage and costs: GP Rao,Air India pic.twitter.com/pIKATJ9Pgl— ANI (@ANI_news) July 10, 2017
Rao also told NewsX that since a lot of passengers were not opting for the non vegetarian option, food gets wasted. He said, "It is a conscious decision to not serve non-vegetarian meal on board board domestic economy class."
"Since in economy class food preferences are not given, a lot of wastage takes place. Nowadays a lot of people ask for vegetarian food because they are health conscious. There was a lot of non-vegetarian food being wasted. So the management thought that it would be the best to serve only vegetarian food."
Whole Rao could not comment on exactly how much Air India would save with this step, he said the savings would be substantial.
The news of only vegetarian food in Air India was sure to have an array of different reactions from the public. On Twitter, while some were outraging, most found the humour in the situation.
The ones who made fun of the food:
Only Veg food on Air India Flights? Will miss the lizards & cockroaches.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) July 10, 2017
Air India flyers thrilled they don't hv to eat 2day old chicken curry and wooden kababs along with stale dal. Paneer anyday!#airindia— Binoo John (@binoojohn) July 10, 2017
The ones who said their parents will be impressed:
Air India has stopped serving non-vegetarian food in their economy class. Air India is now my mother's favourite Airline.— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) July 10, 2017
The ones who just couldn't even..
That moment when you realise you've got Air India tickets but the meal will be vegetarian only pic.twitter.com/kW767cgDO4— Arun G (@aarungeorge) July 10, 2017
And this person was just baffled:
Air India crew trying to distinguish between vegetarian and non-vegetarian food https://t.co/BJ56Hl78h0— Saurabh Joshi (@SaurabhJoshi) July 10, 2017
Some thought Air India is now sanskari:
Air India is now both Sarkari & Sanskari. #VegAirIndia— Prateek Kanwal (@prateekkanwal) July 10, 2017
Sanskare Airlines jai Ho .mera Bharat mahan— ItellU (@MehtaBhasker) July 10, 2017
And some even compared Air India's passengers to cattle:
BREAKING: To reduce costs, Air India converts 10 seats in every flight into a grass patch. Hungry passengers can graze by paying Rs. 99+GST.— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) July 10, 2017
The passengers can't stop smiling after the news. This is called a customer centric approach Tesla and others should learn from it pic.twitter.com/DpRjw6pqpU— Electric motor (@Electricmotor3) July 10, 2017
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