Akasa Air enhances accessibility with the introduction of Braille Menu Cards on Café Akasa
Underscoring commitment towards empathy and inclusion the Braille menu card was launched to mark
‘World Sight Day 2023’ celebrated on October 12, each year
National, 12 October 2023: Akasa Air, India’s most dependable airline continues its commitment to inclusivity and accessibility by introducing its inflight dining menu card in Braille, onboard its meal service Café Akasa. Developed in partnership with The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC), the menu has been designed to ensure customers with visual impairments have a seamless experience on board.
The new Braille menu cards are thoughtfully designed and feature a variety of options including meal choices, snacks, beverages available to order while on the flight. By incorporating Braille, passengers with visual impairments can independently peruse and select their meal preferences, enhancing their overall travel experience.
The Braille-friendly menu is in line with Akasa Air’s continuous endeavour to establish a cohesive flying experience for all our passengers. Earlier this year, Akasa Air introduced its inflight safety manual in Braille comprising detailed safety instructions in both English and Hindi to provide a safe travel experience for passengers with visual impairments.
Commenting on the launch, Belson Coutinho, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Akasa Air, said, “At Akasa, we are committed to building an airline that is socially responsible, economically sustainable, and inherently empathetic. The Braille menu card ensures that passengers with visual impairments can easily access and enjoy refreshments from one of the most distinguished offerings - Café Akasa. We are immensely thankful to Dr Taraporevala and the entire XRCVC team for their strategic direction and unwavering support in our goal towards inclusive travel."
Dr. Sam Taraporevala, Executive Director, XRCVC, said, “At the XRCVC, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for persons with disabilities. It has been a pleasure to associate with Akasa Air to create an accessible in-flight menu for Cafe Akasa. This menu has been designed with large fonts and synchronised Braille which will cater to the needs of passengers with visual impairments. We hope that all service providers will take a leaf out of Akasa's book and work to create inclusive and accessible solutions for their customers with diverse needs.”
Café Akasa, the airline’s inflight meal service recently announced a menu refresh to include a wide array of meal options - including healthy meals, festive favourites, gourmet, and fusion meals, while retaining some original favourites. The new menu boasts of over 50+ meal options which have been exclusively curated with reputed chefs from across India.
About Café Akasa
Discover fusion, hearty and wholesome, never seen before dishes in the skies with Café Akasa, Akasa Air’s buy-on-board meal service. Café Akasa represents India on a plate, with a selection of gourmet meals, including wellness-focused options, snacks and beverages created for every taste and culinary preference. The menu also includes a wide assortment of ready-to-eat options comprising of light meals and regional favourites. The airline offers a pre-selection of cakes on its regular menu for those who want to celebrate special occasions while flying.
About Akasa Air
Akasa Air is India’s newest and most dependable airline, offering warm and efficient customer service, reliable operations, and affordable fares - all in the Akasa Way. Akasa’s youthful personality, employee-centric philosophy, tech-led approach, and culture of service will make this commitment a reality for all Indians. The carrier launched its first commercial flight on 07 August 2022 to support the growing demand across India.
With a commitment to being socially responsible, Akasa Air has placed a firm order of 76 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, powered by CFM fuel-efficient, LEAP-1B engines. The 737 MAX family aircraft deliver superior efficiency in reducing fuel use and carbon emissions, fulfilling the airline's promise of being an environmentally friendly company with the youngest and greenest fleet in the Indian skies.
The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) is a direct support and services centre for persons with disabilities and a national-level awareness and advocacy program for persons with all forms of disabilities as recognised by the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. We have 20 years of experience, research base and expertise in the areas of inclusion, assistive technologies, accessible products and services, and awareness and advocacy.
Akasa Air Corporate Communications