To keep its crew fit, AI to serve them low-cal meals

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Sau­rabh.Sinha @times­group.com

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.

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