Air India in ‘Non-Veg’ soup over menu change


Air India on Saturday found itself in midst of a controversy over reports that it had decided to discontinue non-vegetarian food in economy class on  short-haul flights.

CMD Ashwini Lohani, however, says non-veg was never served on such flights, reports The New Indian Express.

Lohani said they had decided to serve hot veg meals in place of snacks for flights up to 90 minutes’ duration and said an internal circular of the airline was misinterpreted. “Air India presently provides cold veg snacks on 60-90 minute flights. But from now on it will serve proper hot veg meals in place of only sandwiches and cakes,” he told Express.

A statement issued by Air India said the existing policy of serving veg and non-veg food in flights exceeding 90 minutes would continue to remain as it is. It added that there will also be a review of the decision after obtaining passenger feedback.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma asserted ,“There is no change in the previous system, only upgradation. Apart from snacks, some hot food has been started. There is no controversy of vegetarian and non-vegetarian. We have started offering hot food considering it is winter.”


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