Cheese has become the latest victim of Air India’s cost-cutting drive with the airline now halving the cheese board it carries for premium passengers on International hauls, Times of India has reported. As a result of this subtraction, the airline expects to save Rs 2.5 crore on catering costs.
The report carried a quote detailing this move of the airline, “In-flight caterers load cheese boards on flights. The cabin crew later sets them on a plate and serves them to premium flyers. There was a lot of wastage of cheese as a flyer may not want certain types of cheese being served. Instead of taking this item off the menu, we have halved the quantity being uploaded and the annual saving is expected to be Rs 2.5 crore.”
While the airline might be praised for its innovative means of cutting costs, one of the biggest expenses plaguing the airline apart from its loan repayment commitments is the aviation turbine fuel.
The airline has to annually pay Rs 8,500 crore for fuel which saw an increase of Rs 65 crore following a 7.3 per cent increase in fuel costs this October.
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