After uproar, Air India denies dropping non-vegetarian meals from menu


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New Delhi, Dec 26 (NDTV): Air India today denied reports that the loss-making flag carrier has taken off non-vegetarian food from the menu for economy class passengers on flights up to 90 minutes duration.

Citing a circular dated, December 23, some reports had also said the airline has decided to strike off both tea and coffee from its lunch and dinner menu starting January 1.

But Air India officials said that hot meals, including non-vegetarian ones, were served only on flights over 90 minutes in duration. For shorter flights, only cold snacks were served, they said. This has now been "upgraded" to hot vegetarian meals, they added.

Junior aviation minister Mahesh Sharma said, "There is no change in the previous system, only upgradation has been done. 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."

"In the long duration flights, the system of veg and non-veg will remain same. We have upgraded the existing facility," he added.

Among those questioning the move had been former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah.
As the controversy over the issue swelled, Air India chief Ashwani Lohani also issued a clarification on the reports, saying, "We used to give cold vegetarian snacks in short duration flights. So we converted to hot vegetarian snacks. As the winter times is there, so people used to demand snacks. I don't think so there is any issue in this."

Air India also said they will review the decision after taking feedback on their new meals. The primary reason for offering one standard meal and not a choice was because crew wouldn't have the time to serve different menu options, the company said.

  

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  • Lokesh, SuratKal

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    @Amin Bhoja, it is not issue when you are not flying in AI but it is an issue when you're paying the price for the journey which includes food but you don't get it. BTW, do you fly AI or takes another carrier??

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    Is this an issue?and is effecting any common man !!! I feel pity for the uproar!!!we have serious issues to pass in the parliament !!!

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Promenade Road,Fraze Town,B'lore 560005

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    To be lucrative and profitable, in the flights need to cater decent menu to the passengers as a attraction and facility

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    I wonder if Ambani, Adani & Jindal also travel free ...

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  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, QC, mangalore/ottawa

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    Most airlines in western countries, like Canada, make you buy snacks for short flights they serve only tea or coffee, water or soft drinks for free with a small packet of peanuts or junk food. Passengers on Indian airlines have been very fortunate, besides enjoying low airfares. Bless your airline, and don't complain - or they will make you pay if you want better food.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    Dr. Prabhu, now the airlines, both in the U.S.A. and Canada offer peanuts, sandwitches and highly diluted soft drinks. But, when you compare the difference in the flight charges/mile, in India the rates are far higher so offering some decent food is not a charity. Perhaps in the domestic flight, Continental airlines offer some barely decent food, and the rest of the airlines are playing food game with the passengers.

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  • Anees, KARKALA

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Statement and U turn -CHADDIES new agenda.

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  • SMR, karkala

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Atithi Devo Bhava
    Air India slogan:A warm welcome and motherly treatment.

    Today's menu is Ramdev Raggi Mudde,with Bhale Bhale Lassi.
    or
    Dhokla with Nimbu pani.

    Jai Hind

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    Daane? Avu jappujaa?

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  • Anees, KARKALA

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    ALL MINISTERS TIME PASSING..for next 3 yrs.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    10th Standard Union Aviation Ministers U-Turn ...

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Chai with Golibaje sounds good to me...

    ...JH...

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  • John, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    It is a very good idea to stop serving non-veg meals. Two vadapavs and one glass of water is the best snack for 90 minute flight. For long distance flights Rice, Dal, Vegetable and Pappad is the best meal.

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  • Hussain, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    In some foreign countries they serve only some juice and a small packet of chips in a two hour flight do you that.?

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  • prem, q8

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    why should kill veg plants for AI flight for passengers??? keep earth clean nd green

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  • Karan, Katapadi/Dubai

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    This is justified as the journey is only 90 Mins. Its too difficult for the passenger to provide food supplies during 1.5 hour flight duration with the choices of veg and non veg.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    The chickens and goats of Indi are going to be happy and will bless Air India.

    Make this vegetarian diet in the international flights too.

    Aaache din of Air India.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Even if you want veg in international flight you may not get it because it will be a great loss to BJP due to huge amount of export quality Indian slaughtered beef will go waste.

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  • India First, India

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    I like Non-Veg food very much. But in flights its better to have Veg.

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore/ UAE

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Good decision.

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  • SAM007, KSA

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    I like Veg. So no Problem to me. Veg is good Long Distance Flight

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    You are free to eat anything you prefer in your private or chartered plane.

    You might be travelling regularly with Mr. Modi, so experienced the delight of vegetarian diet. Great opinion.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Every one is not Narendra Modi ...

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  • William, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Poor economy class passengers have to suffer the loss caused by some one else's non stop unproductive tours why?.

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  • Allan dcosta , Kinnigoly/Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    So they will now serve idli with sambar on mangalore _ mumbai route. OMG, God bless this airline and passengers travelling on it. In fact vegetables are more expensive than non veg at times.good idea by whomever came up with it. They are making the airline to incur more loss.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Cochin or Trivandrum Chennai flight, 2 parippu vada and cumin water. Trivandrum New Delhi flight, 2 moong dal vada and lemon juice. New Delhi-Singapore flight one masala dosai and 8 oz Fanta. All these passengers would be landing very happily and relaxed.





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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    @A.S:Mathew,USA,in Jet from Mumbai to Mangalore ,they serve no meals,but a Snack too one has to buy.Dont ask the Quality of that Snack.when tired from Long journey and a wait in Airport for more than 8hours in Mumbai,one is really happy to reach Mangalore and fresh air from Bajpe.Air India should make efforts now to lift up their bad Image atleast with serving some good meals to passengers.so that they can travel with National airways,so that bring up the loss and Name.Instead trying to Change the menue will make it still to loose the faith in it.Even economy passengers are paying the ticket ,not travelling without.They can take some more Money from late coming Ministers to fill their treasure.Its really enough from AI.

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Very good move....

    Why should we kill the animal for 90 mints to fill stomach..

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  • S.F.H, Indian

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    IS IT OK TO KILL PLANTS AND TREES MR. MAHAAN MAHATMA JEEVAN?

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Jeevan, you will have to take care of feeding the animals of India don't kill any of them, let them wander around like in a forest and eat trash and fill the roads with urine and dung, so that the smell will be creating a healing miracle and for the barefooted people, they can have an easy ride.

    Now the 40% of the people of India eating mainly beef are afraid of touching any meat due to the fear of going to jail or beheading.

    What a glorious aache din of India?

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