Indian full-service airline Vistara has launched an initiative to provide sanitary pads onboard its flights to women travellers on request, starting this International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019. Sanitary pads will be available on all domestic flights across the Vistara network. This initiative, Vistara claims, makes it the first Indian airline to offer sanitary pads on flights in India.
According to a statement from the airline, it will be providing ISO 9001:2015 certified, bio-degradable and organic sanitary napkins made from plant-based fibres that are free of plastic, toxins and perfume. Passengers will be made aware of the facility through in-flight announcements, which will be made by the cabin crew on all flights that sanitary pads are now available onboard for customers to freely ask for it if they need it.
“At Vistara, everything we do stems from the concept of ‘intuitive thoughtfulness’. It is this simple, humane perspective that makes us different from any other airline, and the reason that Vistara is the first choice for air travellers in India today. The initiative to provide sanitary pads to our customers is a meaningful one that reflects our core philosophy that ‘small things make a big difference’. As a woman, I feel a greater sense of pride for being part of an organization that’s providing such an essential amenity to customers – something that will help so many travellers in times of need,” Deepa Chadha, Senior Vice President, HR and Corporate Affairs, said in a statement.
The initiative, which is being called, #PadsOnBoard, is part of Vistara’s focus on services and amenities for women travelers. This is in addition to the #VistaraWomanFlyer service that was launched in 2017 to provide certain benefits to solo women travelers. Together, these products and services will come under the ‘Vistara for Women’ service umbrella, as Vistara continues to lead the way on this front in India.