Air India crew to say “Jai Hind” after every in-flight announcement

(Reuters photo for representation)

As per an advisory issued by Amitabh Singh, Director Operations, Air India, “With immediate effect, all (crew) are required to announce ‘Jai Hind’ at the end of every announcement after a slight pause and much fervor.”

While former Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani had issued a similar directive to pilots in 2016, PTI quoted an official as saying that the current advisory was a reminder to the staff in line with the “mood of the nation”. Lohani, during his first stint as Air India chief, had issued a directive in May 2016, saying using the words ‘Jai Hind’ by the flight commander before takeoff would make a tremendous impact (on the passengers in case of delays). Besides, in his communication, he had also asked the staff to be “courteous and polite” to passengers and said wearing a smile would be a “good thing”.

Last month, the Central government called back Lohani from retirement to head the cash-strapped national carrier as chairman and managing director for a second time within two years.

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