Air India is considering doing away with free meals on certain short-haul domestic flights. If they choose to do so, they will be the latest airline to make such changes and they are also considering charging a fee for preferred seating. According to sources with the airline, no decision has yet been made on the matter, but they are considering their options.
The national carrier previously stopped serving hot meals on flights less than 90 minutes and now they are considering stopping all food service on flights less than an hour in duration. At the present time, passengers of budget carriers such as IndiGo, GoAir, and Spicejet have to pay extra for food on their flights, but full-service carriers Air India and Jet Airways still offer complimentary meals on all flights. However, heating food during a flight uses up a lot of energy and by not serving hot meals, Air India can operate faster, cleaner flights for less cost.
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