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Air India to allow gallantry awardees free upgrade to business class

According to Air India, the soldiers who have been bestowed with military honours such Param Vir Chakra (PVC), Maha Vir Chakra (MVC), Vir Chakra (VC), Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra, will get an upgrade to business class from economy in the aircraft.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2016 20:54 IST
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Air India has decided to allow recipients of war and peace time gallantry awards to upgrade to the business class if vacant seats are available.
Air India has decided to allow recipients of war and peace time gallantry awards to upgrade to the business class if vacant seats are available.(Hindustan Times)

National carrier Air India (AI) has decided to allow recipients of war and peace time gallantry awards to upgrade to the business class if vacant seats are available at the time of boarding.

According to Air India, the soldiers who have been bestowed with military honours such Param Vir Chakra (PVC), Maha Vir Chakra (MVC), Vir Chakra (VC), Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra, will get an upgrade to business class from economy in the aircraft from June.

The decision to upgrade these recipients of various gallantry awards to a higher class is an initiative of Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani, an AI official said.

The Indian Armed Forces are eligible for various military decorations, which are awarded for extraordinary bravery and courage, as well as distinguished service during times of war and peace.

Domestic carriers including Air India already provides a 50% discount on basic fare on select classes on their domestic network to active military personnel and their family members travelling at their own expense.

The upgrade scheme, according to Air India, can be availed on the production of identity cards at the airline’s check-in counters.