Aug 9: If you would remember, national carrier Air India had pulled all non-vegetarian food from the economy class menu last month. Though there was outrage on social media from non-vegetarian food lovers, the government feels the menu rejig would help Air India save close to Rs 20 crore annually.
It may be recalled that the airline had decided not to provide non- vegetarian meals to economy class passengers on domestic routes in a move to reduce expenses.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha informed the Rajya Sabha that the revamp in the menu had been initiated in a bid to save costs, cut wastage, improve service and to avid mix up of meals. The move is seen as bringing in much relief to the national carrier, in terms of costs savings.
While this move would help Air India save Rs 8 crore to Rs 10 crore , the other cost snipping steps, such as meal schedule, rationalisation of dry stores and ancillary items, taken by the carrier would add more to the savings, taking the total cost savings to close to Rs 20 crore, reports added.
The hope of saving costs would now add more such plans at Air India, it is expected.
The carrier, which is reeling under debt of Rs 48,876.81 crore, has been lined up for disinvestment. A group of ministers is currently looking into its modalities at the moment.