Top airline news this week

Here's a quick summary of top aviation news this week...

1. Air India serving Veg only food to domestic economy passengers- this is probably the most discussed news item this week. In an attempt to cut costs, Air India has decided to discontinue non-veg meals option for economy passengers across its domestic network. Vegetarians are happy with the news, as they will now have guaranteed availability of veg food plus won't have to smell the non veg food from passenger sitting in adjacent seat. Naturally non-veg lovers are upset with the news.

Air India hasn't directly admitted this as a cost cutting measure- they say lots of non veg meals are getting wasted and crew is losing precious time asking who wants what. In my opinion the least airline can do is give a pre-book option where those who prefer non veg can declare the same during web check-in and get assured serving of non-veg.
2. NZ woman dies in the Caribbean due to jet blast
A New Zealand national died in the Caribbean islands this week as she got hit by the jet blast of an incoming plane. The incident happened in Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten, which is right adjacent to Maho beach. (Sint Maarten is a small dot in the world map, somewhere below the Puerto Rico area.)Beach goers often get close to the airport fens to take closer look at incoming planes despite warning signs.  Read full news here

3. Check in cargo- a tin of beer
An Australian passenger hogged world limelight for his idea of checking in a tin of beer on a Qantas flight. His cargo arrived safely at the destination. Airlines around the world will have a nightmare to deal with if passengers start checking in random stuff without a real need, just for fun. Full news on BBC

4. Indigo grounds 10 A320 aircrafts with P&W Engines
Indigo had to ground 10 aircrafts- recently acquired A320 Neo fleet due to engine problems. These planes have Pratt and Whitney Engines. Expect some disruptions in Indigo's operations in coming days. Souce:

5. Possible Union trouble for Air India
Air India employee union is reportedly planning a strike against the government decision to sell it off. Expect some service disruptions this week

6. American Airline terminates codeshare with Etihad and Qatar
AA has sent notice to Etihad and Qatar airways stating the code share agreement will terminate end of business March 28, 2018
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