Cash-starved airline puts crews on diet

Central Station | 19 Sep 2019

India's cash-starved, state-run Air India is putting members of its crews on a diet, changing their inflight menus to special low-fat meals.

Airline executive Dhananjay Kumar says the objective is to provide healthy and cost-effective meals to crews on domestic and international flights.

But he refused to comment on claims that the cost per meal - mostly vegetarian - will be slimmed down to one third of the existing cost of a crew meal, which tops price scales at 800 rupees (HK$87).

The decision comes at a time when the Indian government is trying to sell off the airline, which has debts of nearly 580 billion rupees.

But it's also being recalled that in 2009 the airline fired 10 air hostesses for being overweight after they failed to get back in shape three years after they were switched to ground jobs.

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