Air India's (AI) finance department has strongly protested against the lavish spread on-board flights at a time when the company has defaulted on payments and owes crores to caterers.
Questioning the decision to serve lobsters and prawns to business class passengers and a king's meal on early morning flights, half of which, it says, goes waste, AI's finance chief, in a series of mails to the customer service department, has stated that, "whilst world over airlines are trying to slim the meal tray, we are trying to increase the items which is unnecessary."
"For the past few weeks I have been meeting several caterers including Taj SATS, Ambassador Skychefs, Gate Gourmet who have been closely following up to their outstanding payments which is running to more than Rs 30 crore. It emerged very clearly from the discussion that there is sufficient scope for AI to save on catering cost on board domestic flights," wrote S Venkat, executive director (ED), finance, in s mail accessed by Hindustan Times.
"We were also informed by a leading caterer that lobster/prawns had been recently introduced on some of our flights. We fail to understand as to why we should be so liberal when AI is unable to pay the caterers. We request you to immediately look into this… especially in the light of the fact that we are unable to pay their bills on time," Venkat wrote.