Airline recruits women to save fuel
June 29, 2013 -- Updated 1320 GMT (2120 HKT)
Go Air claims female cabin crew are lighter than their male counterparts (image of Flying-Cats training school trainees).
- Women require less fuel than men, says GoAir
- New policy will help save $500,000 per year
(CNN) -- An Indian airline has hit on possibly the worthiest excuse yet for hiring slim women as cabin crew -- it saves fuel and therefore money.
While some airlines admit to hiring women for their sex appeal, budget carrier GoAir has told The Times of India it will be hiring predominantly female flight attendants in future because they are 15-20 kilos lighter on average than men.
The airline estimates each extra kilo on board costs Rs3 ($0.05) per flying hour, and the new policy will save it up to $500,000 annually.
A spokesman for the airline denied to CNN that it had implemented a gender-biased recruitment policy. But he confirmed that the airline's male-female cabin crew ratio of 40:60 was among the most male-heavy in the industry in India.
He also confirmed that GoAir would be seeking to adjust this ratio to be in line with the industry norm of 30 men to 70 women.
Other weight-reduction initiatives will also be employed.
"The size of in-flight magazines has been reduced," the airline's CEO Giorgio De Roni said. "The potable water tanks are no longer being filled to capacity as only 35% to 40% of that water is actually used."
Go Air has implemented a women-only cabin crew policy to save money.
GoAir's 130 male cabin staff (out of 330 total) will be unaffected -- the policy affects future hires only. The airline expects to hire around 2,000 flight attendants and pilots over the next seven years.
Weight and its reduction is a key focus for airlines as fuel costs, comprising a third to half an airline's operating costs, continue to rise.
Samoa Air last year became the first airline to charge fees according to weight, and a Norwegian economist has claimed this is the fairest and most sensible way to calculate prices.
More: Airline 'fat tax': Should heavy passengers pay more?
Sensible economizing, good marketing or discrimination? Tell us what you think about GoAir's new recruitment policy.
Part of complete coverage on
June 30, 2014 -- Updated 1253 GMT (2053 HKT)
Latest model of aircraft affectionately known as the Queen of the Skies gets the red ribbon treatment, but jumbo jets are facing tough times
June 12, 2014 -- Updated 1409 GMT (2209 HKT)
Aviation industry execs say they must focus more on customer experience.
June 5, 2014 -- Updated 1559 GMT (2359 HKT)
Could air passengers of the future could board planes via personal transport pods?
June 24, 2014 -- Updated 1723 GMT (0123 HKT)
A passenger is suing an airline for flying him to the wrong continent, and other surprisingly common destination mix-ups.
July 3, 2014 -- Updated 1657 GMT (0057 HKT)
Dreading airport security, lost luggage or that middle seat? These travel headaches could be a thing of the past by 2024, according to a new report on the future of travel.
June 24, 2014 -- Updated 0800 GMT (1600 HKT)
Fancy stripping off before a flight and getting sweaty with fellow passengers? Finnair think you might and is backing its idea with a sauna in its new airport lounge.
June 19, 2014 -- Updated 1323 GMT (2123 HKT)
This month, a young aviatrix will honor the woman she was named after by flying the same route made legendary in 1937.
May 5, 2014 -- Updated 0558 GMT (1358 HKT)
Etihad Airways has come up with a product so outlandishly luxurious the world's jet setters are sure to notice.
April 24, 2014 -- Updated 0752 GMT (1552 HKT)
The Four Seasons luxury hotel group is entering the aviation game to fly guests on global tours.
January 22, 2014 -- Updated 2315 GMT (0715 HKT)
If you ever find yourself in the French city of Toulouse, you might just see one of the oddest-looking aircraft in the world.
January 9, 2014 -- Updated 1915 GMT (0315 HKT)
Flight-phobics, relax -- a list of the world's safest airlines has just been released.
December 19, 2013 -- Updated 1002 GMT (1802 HKT)
The holiday travel crush is upon us.
October 18, 2013 -- Updated 0857 GMT (1657 HKT)
Hairy airstrips ranging from the wildly remote to the shockingly short.
For 24 hours, we made the world's busiest airport our destination and found a world unto its own. Join us on our journey. What you see will surprise you.
September 5, 2013 -- Updated 0724 GMT (1524 HKT)
Furniture, hotels and private homes. What visionaries are making with dead airplanes.
Today's five most popular stories