- They used to serve cold sandwiches
- Then introduced hot meals
But received many complaints about the hot items not being vegetarian so they will serve only vegetarian. Because the flights aren’t long enough to offer a choice of meal options. Air India explains, “As a non-vegetarian can have a vegetarian meal but not the other way round, the decision was logical” This is highly controversial.
India’s national airline Air India stirred up a controversy when it announced that it would be serving hot vegetarian meals on flights 61-90 minutes long on the domestic sector.
The move met with a lot of criticism on social media, with frequent flyers blaming the airline for appeasing “political masters”.
“I Am veg. But #AirIndia decision to serve only veg food unfair, smacks of appeasing political masters,” tweeted one Girish Kuber.
Let’s stop and think about this for a moment. Air India serves food on one hour flights. Hot food. And passengers are complaining.
Last year I flew Emirates first class Male – Colombo, a flight scheduled at 90 minutes. We had no hot food. The champagne was nice.
And I had no complaints about the meal (though three rolls on a single tray was excessive).
Here’s what Vietnam Airlines serves in business class on the scheduled 1 hour 20 minute Ho Chi Minh City – Danang route. Again, no hot food.
I did get a warm pot pie on Malaysia Airlines between Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in both directions.
I don’t think I’ve ever received anything as extensive as flying business class on Bangkok Airways’ 1 hour 5 minute Bangkok – Koh Samui flight.
Chicken Pastrami Salad
Roasted Duck Breast with Blue Cheese Sauce served with Has Brown Potatoes, Broccoli, Pumpkins and Carrots
And plenty of utensils to go along.
Of course, criticizing Air India is a national pastime in the country, usually on point, and never gets old.