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Air India Puts Its Crew on a Diet

Air India Puts Its Crew on a Diet
Jackie Reddy

Air India has introduced low-fat meal options for all cabin crew and pilots. These changes come only a few weeks after Narendra Modi, the nation’s prime minister, unveiled his Fit India Movement. These healthier meals were introduced on September 15th and feature lighter takes on Indian classics.

India’s flag carrier has said that it will now be putting all pilots and crew members on a low-fat diet, The Times of India reports. The changes took effect on September 15th on all of Air India‘s flights between Delhi and Mumbai and have also been rolled-out across its domestic and international services.

Explaining the changes, an internal letter from the carrier, which has been seen by the outlet, stated, “Taking into consideration the health factor of the crew, an initiative has been taken by the Director (Operations) to revise the in-flight food menu for the crew members. In view of the above, special low-fat diet meal crew has been worked out on day-wise basis in order to provide light and healthy meal with a home (Indian) touch.”

This change in menu, the outlet notes, is timely; just late last month, Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, unveiled the Fit India Movement, a national public health campaign.

According to the outlet, this leaner crew menu includes items such as egg white omelets and a healthier take on peas bhurji, an Indian egg dish.

Speaking out about the changes to the outlet, a spokesperson for Air India said, “All the dishes in the food menu are low on cholesterol and fat. This initiative will help our crew to remain healthy and fit.”

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View Comments (3)


  1. SamirD

    September 18, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Generally, I’ve always found Indian FAs to be some of the slimmest (and prettiest) in the country, but this was years ago so I guess things have changed.

    There are also low fat options for passengers in economy, but you have to search for them and select them at ticketing.

  2. JAGorham

    September 18, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Perhaps Air India is trying to make the flight crews lighter to reduce payload (and thus fuel costs, since they seem to have trouble paying for fuel these days)?

  3. MaldivesFreak


    September 18, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    They are still living in the 80s when people thought fat was the enemy. Cut the carbs, stupid!
    And cut the foods with equal amounts of fat and sugar – they’re the worst becuse the taste is addictive (ice-cream, cheesecake anybody!) and they make you crave for more.

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