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Air India Salutes Brave Hearts, Gives Priority Boarding For Armed Forces Personnel

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| August 16 , 2017 , 08:22 IST

Armed forces personnel, fighters in the Army, Navy and Air Force are the pride of the nation as they sacrifice their lives for the safety of citizens. As a tribute to the contributions made by the Armed Forces and as a mark of respect to them, Air India has launched priority board for soldiers, who can now board before first class and business class passengers.

Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani said that announcements will be made at boarding gates, to invite security forces personnel to board aircraft first.

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"They will be requested to board before first and business class passengers," Lohani said.

Air India made the decision on the occasion of Independence Day on Tuesday and has already implemented the act. Armed forces personnel are also eligible for discounted air fares on domestic flights as per an earlier announcement.

A senior Air India pilot, compared the benefits proved to soldiers at airports in other countries and encouraged Indian airports to emulate the same.

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"At many American airports, announcements are made inviting soldiers to the lounges. Indian airport VIP lounges are full of politicians. They should emulate what happens in the US and invite our soldiers to the lounges," the pilot said.

"Passengers very often clap and salute when soldiers board planes in their uniforms. We also welcome them by making social announcements. It is an honour to fly the soldiers," said another AI pilot.