Air India has taken the primary steps to reduce wastage and cost and also to improve its catering services by stopping serving non vegetarian meals to passengers on board its domestic flights in its economy class segment. The official statement from Air India states that “Air India has taken a conscious decision not to have non-vegetarian meal in economy class on its domestic flights”. This decision , however, will not apply on business and executive class on domestic as well as international flights. Non-veg meals would continue to be served in business and executive class, said Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani.
According to the report, Air India may save Rs. 8 crore annually due to this decision. Currently, it spends Rs. 400 crore on catering on its domestic and international flights every year. The decision of cost cutting has come at a time when the government is considering stake sale in Air India whose debt burden has piled up to Rs . 50,000 crore.
Talks about privatisation Air India started with an interview where Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that if private airlines could handle 86% passengers then they could also handle 100%. Air India's market share is just around 14%.