New Delhi, Aug 03: In a shocking decision on Thursday, Air India decided to give boxes with long shelf life items like cookies or peanuts on flights with a duration of less than one hour instead of meal trays that have freshly-made sandwiches or samosas.
Meals for economy class flyers of full-service carriers are the first casualty in the latest round of Indian airlines experiencing turbulence due to spiralling costs.
"With sandwiches or samosas, there would sometimes be complaints of them getting spoilt. This move will stop such complaints. These boxes will be kept at the entrance of the aircraft and passengers will pick them up as they board. We are not going to have direct saving on meal cost by this switch," said a senior AI official.
He added there will be indirect saving as packed items will not need any refrigeration or heating, apart from also not needing food carts.