To keep its crew fit, AI to serve them low-cal meals
New Delhi: Air India crew operating flights out of Delhi and Mumbai will now get low-calorie meals onboard. The airline has decided to make the switch from Monday to ensure the crew get or remain fit. The switch also means a significant saving from the regular high-calorie diet being ordered for catering currently.
A source said: “AI used to give first class main meals to cockpit and cabin crew. Now it will be a low-calorie meal. So against Rs 500-800 per crew meal, this change will mean a spend of about Rs 55150 per meal. This is to ensure crew lose weight/ remain lean and stay healthy.”
The order issued by Doma Tshering, senior manager inflight services, says: “Taking into consideration health factor of crew, an initiative has been taken by director operations to revise inflight menu for crew ... special low fat diet meal for crew has been worked out on day wise [sic] basis in order to provide light and healthy meal . As per GM catering, initially the changed menu will be introduced only on ex-Delhi and Mumbai flights from September 15 midnight on all domestic and international flights. The same is applicable for all flying crew, cockpit and cabin crew.”
Following the change, the low-cal breakfast menu includes besan chilla, mix veg tikki, nutri and veg seek kebab, haryali chicken tikka and omelette. The “healthy” lunch menu includes bottle gourd, okra, pulses, chicken curry, murg palak, raita and tossed salad.
AI serves only veg meals in economy class of its domestic flights. Non-veg option is available on international flights and in business class of domestic sectors.The divestment-bound airline has been facing a severe cash crunch this fiscal and has a debt of over Rs 58,000 crore. The airline has told the government it does not have funds to pay salaries beyond that of October unless fund infusion takes place.