Maharajah cracks whip, suspends 17 airhostesses


New Delhi: After facing flak for a deteriorating service the ‘Maharajah’ Air India cracking its whip on the errant employees suspended17 air hostesses for allegedly delaying flights.

The airline has started monitoring when each of its crew reports to airports to operate flights. “These 17 cabin crew members were found to have delayed flights more than three times and they have been suspended,” said an AI official.

The airline has so far sacked 272 cabin crew members for indiscipline. AI had earlier this year faced a sharp fall in its OTP due to reasons like shortage of crew and indiscipline that saw people reporting to airports late for flights. The airline management then cracked the whip that has seen AI’s improvement in OTP in recent days.

For instance, a cabin crew staffer, who demanded longer rest hours in the Gulf recently and delayed a flight, was sacked.