Starting 2018, Government of India has stopped the nearly Rs. 1,000 crore annual Haj subsidy that was used to support the nearly 1.75 lakh Muslims – both men and women to complete the once in a lifetime Haj pilgrimage. This subsidy will now be used for the education empowerment and welfare of girls and women of the Muslim Community – another great development to assist in progress of this community. Some complain that the subsidy was used to support Air India’s high ticket prices. But whatever one may say, this government subsidy was critical in lowering travel costs and assist those with lower income levels to complete this pilgrimage. With the end of this subsidy, could we expect more support by the richly endowed AIMPLB (All India Muslim Personal Law Board), the many Waqf Boards around the country and even well to do Muslim to support their community for this pilgrimage?
Source: Zee News
- 17 Jan 2018
Air India will give first boarding priority to serving soldiers of the Indian Armed forces – Army, the Air Force and the Navy. Well done Air India. Please extend this privilege to all off duty Armed personnel and also All Para-Military personnel – BSF, CRFP, Indo-Tibetan Border force, and others. They all protect and defend the country and put their life in the line of duty every day.
Source: DNA India
- 16 Aug 2017
Air India, India’s national carrier has announced that it will stop serving non-vegetarian meals to economy passengers ONLY ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS – or only within India. One reason sited is cost savings as Air India is generating huge losses. But others could be that non-vegetarian food while being more expensive within India, need more care, refrigeration to avoid getting spoilt adds to more cost and risk. So the question is would they lose customers who get upset by this move or will it not make any difference?
- 11 Jul 2017
Air India this past Sunday kicked off the 17 hour Delhi to San Francisco flight, the world’s longest using an all women crew. This crew under Captain Shubhangi Singh, consists of cabin crew, cockpit crew, doctor, customer care staff and also the ground staff including the operator, technician, engineer, flight dispatcher and trimmer. Speaking of her current position, Captain Singh said, “You have to work hard. There is no shortcut to success. I come from a modest family, and without any aviation background.” By the way, every year, Air India operates all-women flights to celebrate the international women’s day.
- 8 Mar 2016