Air India crew will now have to say "Jai Hind" after every flight announcement "with much fervour", an official advisory of the airline said today. Officials say it is a "reminder" to the staff, in line with the "mood of the nation".
"With immediate effect, all (crew) are required to announce ''Jai Hind'' at the end of every announcement after a slight pause and much fervour," the advisory issued by Amitabh Singh, Director of Operations read.
During his first stint as Air India's Chairman and Managing Director, Ashwani Lohani had issued a similar direction to pilots in May 2016.
"The captain of a flight should often connect with passengers during the journey and, at the end of first address, using the words ''Jai Hind'' would make a tremendous impact," Mr Lohani said in a communication to his staff in May 2016.
"The cabin crew should greet the passengers while emplaning and deplaning with a ''namaskaar'' as was the tradition. A smile on the face and conversing sweetly and politely without an iota of irritation would be a good thing, he had instructed the crew.