National carrier Air India's crew will say "Jai Hind" after every flight announcement "with much fervour" from now, its official advisory had announced on Monday. The official announcement was marked to all crew members of the carrier and was to be followed to immediate effect. Republic TV has now accessed a video in which the flight steward of Air India could be heard saying 'Jai Hind' at the end of his landing announcement at Kolkata Airport.
While welcoming the passengers to Kolkata Airport and requesting them to remain seated after the landing, the Air India crew member announced:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata. The temperature outside is 24-degrees Celsius. Please remain seated and do not open the overhead cabins until the seat belt sign is switched off. Mobile phones may be switched on if you wish. Business class passengers have a priority in deplaning. Passengers who have wheelchair bookings are requested to remain seated. You will be assisted once all the passengers have deplaned. On behalf of Air India, we thank you for choosing Air India and hope to serve you soon. Namaskaar and Jai Hind!"
The video comes after Amitabh Singh, Director Operations, Air India issued an advisory informing that all crew of Air India are required to announce Jai Hind at the end of every announcement.
"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 read.
Read the advisory here:
However, Air India's move left former Jammu and Kashmir with a "little surprised". Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet linked this move with the General Elections. In a tweet, the PDP leader said that the 'josh of patriotism' has not reached the skies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Despite Mehbooba Mufti's attempt to politicising the situation, Chairman & Managing Director of Air India Ashwani Lohani has reiterated its earlier decision of saying 'Jai Hind' after onboard announcements in Air India flights.
He said, "After all national pride has to be integral to the national carrier and we need to give armed force personnel the respect and gratitude that."
Furthermore, Air India has announced that priority boarding will be given to Armed Force personnel at airports.