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MUMBAI: India's debt-ridden national carrier, Air India will now serve only veg meals for all its economy fliers while business class will continue to enjoy non-veg meals.

The decision was reportedly taken by the management board around two weeks back to cut costs on its domestic flights within the country.

Air India is currently sitting on a huge pile of debt amounting to nearly Rs. 52,000 crore, and the government is working on disinvestment and other cost-cutting measures.

The management board of the national carrier believes that serving only veg meals to economy class fliers within India will save them Rs. 7-8 crore annually.

For flights under 90 minutes, Air India had already implemented the 'bias' one and a half years ago.

"This can only be expected from Air India. They might save a maximum of Rs. 10-20 per meal by serving only veg food," Sudhakar Reddy, Air Passengers Association said.

The management board's decision signals an apparent bias between economy and business class flyers.

"70% of flyers who travel on Air India are forced to fly. They include those on leave concession, government officials, and so instead of trying to save on meals, they need to work on their image, which is already in shambles," he added.

Passengers reportedly chose the carrier for its full-service measures. However, cost-cutting on meals will force them to choose other low-cost carriers, the report added.

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