Air India to reserve six seats for women on domestic flights

This is the first time such a gender-specific reservation is implemented in an airline anywhere in the world.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2017 3:27 pm

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National carrier Air India will reserve six seats for women on domestic flights starting January 18, news agency ANI reported. The airline will not charge anything extra for blocking such seats for women passengers.

This is perhaps the first time such a gender-specific reservation is being implemented in an airline anywhere in the world — though it is in keeping with all other modes of transportation in India.

“We will be reserving the third row — six seats — in the economy class of the aircraft fon or female passengers travelling alone,” Air India general manager-revenue management Meenakshi Malik told The Hindu. “We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers. There are a lot of female passengers who travel alone with us and we will be blocking a few seats for them.”

 

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First Published on: January 12, 2017 2:40 pm
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    Gayatri
    Jan 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm
    Not required....security needs to be tightened...reservation in flight that to only 6...what value does it add?
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      Gayatri
      Jan 12, 2017 at 10:21 am
      more than 6 women also travel alone...This doesnot seem to be great.
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        Eve
        Jan 13, 2017 at 2:23 am
        I think its more a reflection on how vulnerable the women feel in the present regressive Bharat Mata (how ironic - women still unsafe in India)
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          ams
          Jan 13, 2017 at 12:17 am
          When are seats being reserved for SC, ST, OBC, Maratha etc!!!!
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            Byom
            Jan 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm
            Most dump decision. Is there less reservations in Indian system that AI has adding one more into the fleet. If AI wanted to make PR stunt then promote like Air travel is safest and hazel free and women can travel without incidents unlike Bus or Train.
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              Darkhorse
              Jan 12, 2017 at 11:24 am
              Slowly there will be reservation for SC, ST, OBC too
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                Padmakumar
                Jan 12, 2017 at 10:40 am
                Air India is the worst performing Airline in the world as per FlightStats report for Dec-2016. Do something to improve this.
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                  Padmakumar
                  Jan 12, 2017 at 10:40 am
                  May be we should have 'ladies only' flights!
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                    s
                    Jan 12, 2017 at 10:03 am
                    Well well well...Reservation reaches new heights !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                      Kumar
                      Jan 12, 2017 at 11:54 am
                      Women's organizations should protest against this.
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                        Ram
                        Jan 12, 2017 at 3:11 pm
                        Stupid decision. What happens if there is no woman travelling but a number of men are waitlisted ? Will the airline refuse confirmation to men and encourage them to find alternative service provider ? For most of the travellers Air India is the last choice and not the priority. Some years back I happened to travel by Air india with my wife from London Heathrow to Mumbai. The flight was already dela by 3 hours. When boarded, we found out that the occupancy was hardly 20% but our tickets were not upgraded. The food was cold, No drinks were served. The crew including the air hostees appeared to be fatigued and attended pengers with sullen faces. Please spare Air India at least from the reservations and upgrade it to a profit making organisation.
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                          Sasi
                          Jan 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm
                          why so sudden decision to have 6 reserved women seats? any security issues? if so why cant staff take against those?
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                            sk
                            Jan 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm
                            Air India finds it hard to fill up planes and is selling tickets at Rajdhani prices. In this scenario isn't this all a paper exercise. Any reservation quota just leads to more corrupt practices and possible loss of revenue.
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                              Raj
                              Jan 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                              I don't think it's a good decision...!!
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                                Sathya Pararth
                                Jan 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                                Is the number six for reserving seats based on lt;br/gt;some rationalization or is it just a figure lt;br/gt;somebody's whim ? If so, what??lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Sathya Parthar
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                                  Citizen
                                  Jan 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm
                                  First ask your employees to treat fare paying customers as top priority not the free flying babus and politicians. Improve service by providing a phone number to send SMS of any complaint/suggestions also start user friendly no round about unnecessary questions to lodge a grievance/suggestions reply promptly and take action on those things preferbly appoint a third person to monitor these things. No use of these useless things. Jaihind
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                                    yash sehgal
                                    Jan 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm
                                    I didn't know AI is administered by morons..lt;br/gt;This decision told me..
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