Air India Refuses MPs' Request To Upgrade Seats

Sunday, 23rd November 2014 at 01:49am

Members of the Parliament are India's political bigwigs and they are considered to be very influential bunch of people in the country. Their influence, however, didn't work that much for Air India.

Many of the country's MPs have been sending requests to the management of Air India to arrange for them a dedicated aircraft that would accommodate extra business class seats and allow them to bring along bigger baggage than is usually allowed on most flights.

The airline explained its refusal to grant the request by MPs, stating that some of the aircraft on domestic flights flying to certain routes are configured in a mono-class layout offering all economy seats.

Rohit Nandan, Air India's Chairman and Managing Director, sent a letter to the Secretary General PK Grover, informing that the country's MPs are requesting them to provide them extra business class seats and more baggage allowance on their flights.

Air India has only narrow-body aircraft in its fleet for its domestic sector, composed mostly of A319, A320, and A321. The A319 has 8 seats for its business class while the latter two have 20 business class seats each.

He explained further that the airline has to maximize its revenue by reconfiguring its narrow-body aircraft with all-economy seats on most domestic flights.

He also explained of his plane's refusal to allow extra baggage for these flights. He cited the existing policy as imposed by the global aviation authority which they can't violate or they will get penalized or even endanger the flight.

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