November 14, 2010
Mumbai: Jet Airways, India’s premier airline, today celebrated Children’s Day by operating a Flight of Fantasy for underprivileged and special children in Mumbai. As part of its annual community service, Jet Airways gave over 100 children a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the joy of flying onboard a Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The Flight of Fantasy was operated in support of non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) Aseema, DEEDS, Cancer Aid & Research Foundation and Save The Children India, all of who are dedicated to the upliftment and education of children, vulnerable in our society.
Jet Airways Flight of Fantasy endeavours to open up the world of aviation to children who are less privileged or challenged. Corporate partners GE Volunteers joined hands with the airline in support of this noble cause.
Jet Airways' Children's Day fanfare commenced with a lively programme at the airline's Hangar at the Santacruz Old Airport. The children were entertained with music, dance, a variety of games with prizes galore and a special video screening on aviation informed the young guests on the workings of an airplane. Special invitee, the well renowned MTV VJ Cyrus Broacha, made the day even more fun-filled with his humour.
Refreshments at the Hangar were courtesy Oberoi Flight Services. Ahead of the dream flight, the party zone was adorned with colour-coded blue and yellow balloons and streamers to add to the occasion. Subsequently, guests including media persons checked-in in for the flight at the domestic terminal of CSIA.
The flight 9W 8026 took off from the domestic terminal of the Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport and returned after an hour long flight, flying over the west coast of India, to touch down at Mumbai at 1550 hours.
On this occasion, Mr. Nikos Kardassis, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways said, “In keeping with Jet Airways' focus on supporting causes relating to child development and education in the community in which it serves, participating in today's event is both a privilege and a humbling experience. It is most gratifying for us at Jet Airways see smiles light up on the faces of the children as they look forward to their once-in-a-lifetime experience in the skies. Children’s Day is one such occasion for the young ones to cherish this memorable Flight of Fantasy.”
The party continued mid-air with senior Jet Airways cabin crew participating in the celebrations onboard this unique flight to ensure that the day remained happy and comfortable for the children. The event also saw corporates come together to make the day memorable for the children. Refreshments served on board were courtesy Sky Gourmet and fuel for the flight was courtesy Indian Oil Corporation. Route Navigation charges were waived off by Airport Authorities of India, while Parking and Landing charges were taken care of by Mumbai International Airport Private Limited.
Upon their return, the privileged little guests were gifted specially designed hampers, to ensure that they took home happy memories to cherish forever.
About Jet AirwaysJet Airways currently operates a fleet of 91 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 55 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 14 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 5.10 years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Flights to 65 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including New York (both JFK and Newark), Toronto, Brussels, London (Heathrow), Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah, Sharjah, Riyadh and Dammam.About Jet Airways KonnectJet Airways Konnect is Jet Airways’ all-economy service on key domestic routes, designed to meet the needs of the low-fare segment with value-for-money fares. Jet Airways Konnect links seven major metros - Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata – with several destinations across India.
Konnect Select’ is a premium economy product introduced on certain Jet Airways Konnect flights. This new front cabin class features wider and more comfortable seats, with a 40 inch seat pitch. The services include complimentary in-flight reading material, a welcome drink, and complimentary hot meals on-board.About JetLiteJetLite is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jet Airways India Ltd. and was acquired by Jet Airways in April 2007. Positioned as an all-economy, no-frills airline, JetLite operates a fleet of 18 aircraft, which includes 16 Boeing 737 series and 2 Canadian Regional Jets 200 Series aircraft. The airline flies to 25 domestic destinations and 2 international destinations (Kathmandu and Colombo), operating over 110 flights a day, on average. Jet Airways, Jet Airways Konnect, its all-economy, no-frills service, and JetLite have a combined fleet strength of 108 aircraft and operate over 500 flights daily.
Aseema Charitable Trust is a Mumbai based NGO working for the rights of underprivileged children. Since 1997, Aseema has been working with children living on the streets or in slum communities – in unsafe, unhygienic and extremely challenging conditions. Children growing up in such an environment are vulnerable and at-risk, and education is their strongest hope of a better future. Aseema recognizes every child’s right to education and has been working to provide quality education to these children.About DeedsDevelopment Education Empowerment of the Disadvantaged in Society [DEEDS]
To make the Deaf financially self reliant and contributors in society through education, vocational training and development in skill sets that enable and empower. We hope to bring joy into the silent world of the Deaf……….. Who listen with their heart and sing with their souls………About Cancer Aid & Research FoundationCancer Aid & Research Foundation is a non - profit registered medical NGO established in the year 2001 with the pledge to help poor and needy cancer patients in India. Our motto is to help the cancer patients live longer and in a healthier by presenting them an opportunity to get treated.
About Save The Children India
Save The Children India is an organisation that envisions India as a child friendly nation. Save The Children India is driven by a vision of a country in which every child is aware of his/her rights and is able to access these rights. Save The Children India dream’s of a nation where every child is free from torture, illness, neglect and abuse. Save The Children India wants for every child to be loved and cherished and protected from harm.About GE Volunteers
General Electric Company, USA builds partnerships with local community organizations to identify and address key needs in the communities in which we live and work. GE Volunteers are committed to improving their communities and their lives through volunteerism, leadership and camaraderie. There are over 175 GE volunteer councils in more than 46 countries. GE employee engagement in citizenship programs is a critical component to build community capacity and ensuring the success of the programs.
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