Mumbai: SpiceJet has replaced hot meals it served its pilots with an allowance, sandwich and goodies bag. While the airline called it a move to curb food wastage, pilots dubbed it a cost-cutting exercise.
Given that the low-cost carrier has quick turn-around times between flights, air safety experts wondered why the airline was not concerned about the probability of its pilots consuming unsafe meals, packed or cooked hours earlier.
The pilots received a mail on August 31 from an operations head stating that no meals will be served to pilots from September 1. “Statistical data compiled over the last many months has shown that a vast majority of our crew are not eating hot meals earmarked for them. In some months, up to 90% of the uplifted hot meals have gone to waste,” the mail said.
The airline caterer used to serve hot breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hot meals were replaced with a meal allowance of 300 per day (taxable) that they fly, vegetarian or non-vegetarian sandwiches and an enhanced goodies bag.
08/09/18 Manju V/Times of India