No more non-veg meals for Air India’s domestic fliers in economy class


The national carrier’s spokesperson G P Rao said the airline has taken a "conscious decision" not to have non-vegetarian meals in economy class of domestic flights to reduce wastage and improve catering service.

"The decision was taken to reduce wastage, reduce cost and improve catering service," a senior airline official said.

However, the non-vegetarian meals would be served to fliers who are in business and executive class. The decision was implemented from mid-June.

Sources said this move would help in cutting wastage and cost. According to estimates, Air India would save around Rs 7-8 crore annually while it spends around Rs 400 crore on catering services on both domestic and international flights every year.

They also said there is an increasing trend of fliers having vegetarian food and this has led to wastage of non-vegetarian food. 

The move, they said, also helps in avoiding mixing up of vegetarian with non-vegetarian meals. Last year, passengers had protested while there was a mix-up on an Air India flight from Shanghai. 

Fliers have not taken kindly to the directive saying that the airline is restricting their choice. "All other airlines serve non-vegetarian food. If they can, why can’t Air India? This argument on wastage and cost is a sham," said businessman Mahesh Sharma, a flier.

The national carrier had earlier stopped serving non-vegetarian food to its economy-class passengers on short-haul flights up to 90 minutes. It has also decided not to serve tea or coffee in lunch or dinner flight.

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