In this economy, we’re all making cutbacks. Heck, I didn’t even turn my air conditioning all during the hot, humid New York City weekend.
It turns out Indian airline, GoAir, is also looking to cut back on costs. According to reports, the airline plans to recruit female flight attendants from now on because women are on average 15-20 kilos lighter than men.
According to the airline, each kilo on a plane costs $0.05 per flying hour. The airline hopes to save up to $500,000 annually with the new policy.
GoAir currently employs 330 flight attendants, 132 of which are male. The men will not lose their jobs, but moving forward the airline will look into hiring light females.
Giorgio De Roni, GoAir’s CEO, said the company will take other weight-reducing actions as well. The airline will no longer be filling portable water tanks to capacity and the size of in flight magazines have been reduced.
According to the Times of India, GoAir plans to introduce approximately 80 new aircrafts over the next seven years. The company also plans on recruiting about 2,000 flight attendants and pilots.
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