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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    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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