New Delhi: Smart and well-groomed cabin crew members, better on-time performance of flights, calling passengers as “guests” and enhanced in-flight meal service are some of the measures the Tata Group is focusing on at Air India immediately after taking over the airline on Thursday, sources said.
The employees have been told by the Tata Group that there will be a change in “image, attitude and perception” of Air India, they said.
Air India also modified its welcome announcement to be made by cockpit crew: “Dear Guests, This is your Captain (Name) speaking Welcome aboard this historic flight, which marks a special event. Today, Air India officially becomes a part of the Tata Group again, after seven decades. We look forward to serving you on this and every Air India flight with renewed commitment and passion. Welcome to the future of Air India! We hope you enjoy the journey. Thank you.”
Cabin crew members have been instructed to address all passengers as “guests” and cabin crew supervisor will have to ensure safety and service standards provided to the guests, they noted.
The crew members will have to be smartly dressed and well-groomed, and there will be grooming executives who will be conducting checks at the airports, they mentioned.
Since on-time performance is extremely important, all endeavours will have to be made by the crew members to ensure that the doors are closed 10 minutes before the flight’s departure, they said.
A special audio message by Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, will also be played in flights and crew will be instructed on when and how to play it, they said.
According to the sources, enhanced meal service will be provided to passengers in select flights in the initial days post the takeover.
This enhanced meal service will be expanded to passengers in all Air India flights in a phased manner, they said.
The “enhanced meal service” was provided on four flights — AI864 (Mumbai-Delhi), AI687 (Mumbai-Delhi), AI945 (Mumbai-Abu Dhabi) and AI639 (Mumbai-Bengaluru) — on Thursday, they noted.
The “enhanced meal service” will be served on Mumbai-Newark flight and five Mumbai-Delhi flights on Friday, the sources said.
The government on Thursday handed over Air India to the Tata Group, nearly 69 years after it was taken from the conglomerate.