Air India to reduce business class on intra-India routes

Considering the speed of decision making and the soup that Air India finds itself in with every decision these days, I am not surprised it took an entire Board of Directors to come to a decision such as this one.

In a meeting of the Air India board this evening, the airline has decided to fall in line with the same strategy that Jet Airways has been following for a while. Essentially, the number of business class seats will be reduced from 34 Airbus planes of the airline, which will include the A320 and A319s, which are primarily used for domestic flights in India. The number of seats is not known yet.

Air India, which has managed to get its schedules back in order due to government support, is currently benefiting from the cancellations on Kingfisher Airlines, which is in a cash crunch. Also, it has finally gotten its act together and now has a loyalty program with tangible benefits.

Now only if that few-billion dollar loss could go away overnight, I’d be a happy camper!

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  1. Being an indian myself, i think the airline industry is doomed due to the chalta hain attitude. each airline is overly staffed, each staff member is inefficient and filled with red tape.

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