Indian airline to hire women only because they “weigh less”

Budget airline GoAir aims to save £330,000 a year on fuel by hiring female cabin crew only

Indian carrier GoAir claims that female cabin crew are 33lb to 44lb lighter than male cabin crew on average, they also claim that they could save a whopping 30 million rupees (£330,000) per year by employing women over men.

Advertisement

GoAir has explained that they will not fire any of their male staff, but they will also not continue to employ men. The airline will expand its fleet by 2020, with plans to add 80 aircrafts – many of which will have fuel efficient wingtip devices. The airline also plans to hire 2,000 more cabin crew in the next seven years.

As well as saving on weight through employing women, the airline will cut their weight costs further by making its inflight magazine smaller and filling aircraft water tanks to 60 per cent.

GoAir chief executive Giorgo De Roni said that the Indian rupee was to blame for the airline’s need to take drastic cost-cutting measures. The rupee has dropped nearly 30 per cent against the US dollar in a year.

“The rupee’s fall has hurt the industry badly,” said De Roni to The Times of India. 

“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.”


Advertisement

Go on holiday with Radio Times travel, see here for more info