Air India may offer laptops to select fliers

The move is geared towards improving the airline's passenger load factor or occupancy in business class.

New Delhi: In a bid to woo business class passengers on its international flights Air India is considering providing laptops for use on flights to its premium travellers, its chairman and managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola reportedly said on Monday.

The move is geared towards improving the airline’s passenger load factor or seat occupancy in business class.

“In our long haul flights business class can be a money spinner for Air India. Our passenger load factor is only 50 per cent on these flights. We will try to increase that. Perhaps offer better quality of services. If our in-flight entertainment is not doing well, then we are thinking of alternatives. Laptops to business class passengers is a possibility,” Mr Kharola was quoted by news agency, as saying. He added that a decision is yet to be taken on whether these laptops would be offered to passengers for use on flights only when the in-built video screens are not working or as an additional perk for premium travellers.

Air India flies Boeing 747, 777 and 787s as well as Airbus 320 on its international routes.

The new CMD, who took charge of AI last month, also said the plan to introduce a direct flight to Los Angeles is very much on.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle with agency inputs )
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