A few days back, the country’s national carrier had announced that it will be sourcing food from India for the journey back to the home country. However on the Saturday, the national carrier clarified that misgiving about the same is “unfounded” and asserted that the food stays fresh on-board”.
The airline took to social and tweeted a clarification saying:
? Air India (@airindiain) 12 January 2019
The practice was applicable in the flights to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Birmingham and Madrid and uses them in the return journey.
“We are following this practice on our flights up to Europe and not on our longer duration flights to USA,” added the airline.
“Return Catering, done by leading flight kitchens adheres to laid down standards and protocols regarding quality of food. Food uplifted at the country of origin is industry practice favoured by pax (passengers) for its taste, quality and reliability,” it said.
Air India’s CMD, Pradeep Singh Kharola had informed on Wednesday that the airline has started carrying food from India for use during the journey back to the country, in an attempt to rationalise catering costs on international flights
“The food is taken from here in India in chillers and then it is heated whenever it has to be used…Catering costs for us are around Rs. 600 crore to Rs. 800 crore a year. Catering in India is 3-4 times cheaper as compared to catering in the West,” he added.
In July 2017, the airline had decided to not serve non-vegetarian food to economy class passengers on its domestic flights.
“There are some flights, like the ones going to Gulf, Singapore and even some parts of Europe, where it is possible to upload the food here (in India) only. Some work is going on in that direction,” added Khosla.