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Published on Monday, July 1, 2013

Low cost airline to save costs by only hiring female cabin crew

Indian low-cost airline GoAir is to only hire female flight attendants to save money on fuel costs.

The Indian low-cost airline believes female-only cabin crew could save it 30 million rupees - around £330,000 - a year because they are lighter on average than their male colleagues.

The company's 132 male flight attendants will keep their jobs but there will be no more recruited, reports the Times of India.

It also plans to cut the size of its in-flight magazine and only fill its water tanks to 60% capacity to try and make the planes lighter.

Chief executive Giorgo De Roni blamed the Indian rupee, which has dropped 27% against the US dollar in the last year, for the need to cut costs.

"The rupee's fall has hurt the industry badly," he told the newspaper.

"All major expenses — aircraft leasing, spare parts and fuel costs — are linked to the dollar. We are looking at every possible way of cost-cutting to remain profitable."

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  • Missing the point?

    I suspect this has nothing to do with saving weight. It's about getting free publicity and pitching the brand as tough on keeping costs down. It's textbook Michael O'Leary stuff.

    By Peter Morgan, Thursday, July 18, 2013


    What next - 10 year olds as cabin crew? Or perhaps somebody could start an airline called Nakedair to decrease weight?

    By Angela Reilly, Wednesday, July 3, 2013

  • Couple of points...

    Firstly, Giorgo De Roni should see the size of some of female crew I've flown with!! Why not dump all the duty free stuff, most pax buy at airports anyway because of more choice. If prices rise due to the poor rupee, any bets that those prices will fall back again when the rupee recovers - don't hold your breath. I can see the weighing of passengers at check-in becoming a reality in the future.

    By Keith Standen, Monday, July 1, 2013

  • Presumably...

    ...there are no sex-discrimination laws in India.

    By Richard English, Monday, July 1, 2013

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