|Lighter female attendants deemed more fuel efficient.|
In an effort to improve fuel efficiency, a low-cost Indian airline will only employ female flight attendants in the future.
Over the next seven years India’s GoAir plans to increase its fleet by 80 aircraft and has decided the 2000 cabin crew needed will be female only, the Times of India reported.
Employing only female cabin crew in the future could save the airline over AU$550,000 per year on fuel costs, give that women are, on average, 15kg to 20kg lighter than men.
GoAir currently employs 130 male flight attendants and says they will not be dismissed.
India’s currency fell 27 percent against the US dollar in the past year.
“The rupee's fall has hurt the industry badly,” GoAir chief executive Giorgo De Roni said.
“All major expenses – aircraft leasing, spare parts and fuel costs – are linked to the dollar and we are looking at every possible way of cost-cutting to remain profitable.”
GoAir also plans to reduce the size of its in-flight magazine and the amount of water stored in its water tanks.