New Delhi, July 28, 2017: Vistara airline has begun offering to help women travelling solo with their bags, accompany them to and from their ground transportation, and give them favoured window and aisle seats on their flights—no middles, as a part of its Woman Flyer service. The New Delhi-based airline says between 75 and 100 women use the complimentary service each day.
Vistara’s chief strategy and commercial officer, Sanjiv Kapoor said the airline started offering the women inclined services after noticing women soliciting help after their planes had landed.
He says, “Our staff is equipped to help women travelling alone with the booking of airport-authorized taxis, as well as escort them to the airport taxi stand upon their request. This service is a sincere effort to ensure peace of mind of our women customers”, as reported by Economic Times.
According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), India is anticipated to grow as the world’s sixth-largest business travel market by 2019. However, it gained an averse global reputation for being unsafe for women following the heinous rape crimes incidents in the country.
The U.S. State Department addresses brazenly about the insecurities of Americans travelling to India and the danger of sexual assault: “U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India.”
Australia and the UK offer similar, slightly more specific warnings for women to avoid travelling alone on Indian public transit. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises that in the case of sexual assault is India, successful prosecution is rare and that “Eve Teasing is a common sight” in India.
Vistara desires to expand its new service for women to international flights once it develops outside of India.
According to a report published by Bloomberg, this year in May, the airline which flies an all-Airbus A320 domestic fleet was seeking to recruit pilots trained on Boeing Co. aircraft—a sign the carrier is considering leasing or buying Boeing jets for longer-haul routes outside the country.
– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94