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Saturday, 20 February 2016


Most of us will never find ourselves in a high-pressure situation facing like Neerja did. She did not let fear get the best of her. We cannot even begin to imagine what must she be thinking or feeling during those 17 terrible hours, but what we know is that the 23 year old girl chose to take on the responsibility of safe guarding the lives of the 359 passengers on board the flight. She was the senior most team member on board the aircraft after the Captain, Co-pilot and the flight engineer abandoned the aircraft using the overhead hatch in the cockpit after learning about the terrorists and the hijacking.

After 17 hours, the hijackers opened fired and set off explosives, Neerja opened the emergency door to help passengers escape, Neerja could have been the first to leave the aircraft but she stayed on board and died shielding 3 unaccompanied children from a hail of bullets. There were 360 passengers on board the Pan Am flight, Neeraj set aside all concern for her own personal safety and well-being and saved 340 lives on her own, while losing hers just 25 hours before her 23rd birthday.

For her actions, Neerja was awarded the Ashok Chakra, the highest civilian award for bravery during peace time. She is the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra, also she became the first woman to receive this honor.

In a letter to her farther, a year before her ill-fated death Neerja said,”I will do you proud”, and indeed she did.
The youth of today must take inspiration from Neerja. She saved the lives of 340 people and ensured that the hijackers were caught by the Pakistani commando force. The hijackers wanted to harm the American passengers on-board, but Neerja did not let that happen, she did all that was in her power and more in the name of her duty.
She is the hero of our nation. The Government of Pakistan also awarded her with Tamgha-e-Insaniyat for her heroism and valour.

Let us all take inspiration from this young brave heart and the hero of the nation.
Courage, Commitment and Compassion is what we should learn from her.

NEERJA- the movie releases on 19th of February’16. The movie pays a homage to the unsung hero. The script of the story was approved by Neerja Bhanot’s brothers, and it is said that the movie is an exact replica of how Neerja’s life was. The review of Neerja says it all, viewers are praising the movie, the direction and the work of #SonamKapoor, #ShabanaAzmi and Yogendar Tikku.

IndiGo is an official airline partner for Neerja, the movie. The air carrier had entered into an agreement with the production company, Fox Star Studios, to brand and market the film on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
Airlines these days take the training of the crew members very seriously, the cabin crew is trained to handle any and every situation that comes their way. The airlines today leave no margin for error and are not lax in terms of safety and security. This makes sure that no such event happens in today’s date. But God forbid it happens, the crew is well trained and equipped to handle such situations. One last lesson we can learn from Neerja is to remain calm and composed during high pressure situations. 

Monday, 8 February 2016


Etihad Airlines is one of the best airlines in the world. Etihad aims at providing the best on-board facilities to its passengers. Etihad has this time surpassed all parameters set for luxury air travel. Etihad has come up with the most luxurious cabin class on-board its A380 aircrafts. It offers a total area of 125 sq ft with a 3 room suite configuration, all this to just yourself.
Passengers enjoy a truly unique and one of its kind service in this class of travel. You will be surprised to see what all does Etihad have to offer. Passengers enjoy the same hospitality as they would in a 5 star or a 7 stra hotel, a luxury yatch or a private jet. The residence on Etihad has a VIP concierge and they will organize everything for you, from a limousine pick up, to private check in lounge and when you step on-borad the aircraft you will be greeted by your very own butler, YES !! YOUR VERY OWN BUTLER!!!! There is a chef on board to cater to your hunger pangs, he will cook up anything for you from the gourmet menu or anything else you want, its like sitting in the best of restaurants in mid air !! The cabin is designed by hospitality experst who understand what the luxury traveler of today need, The leather used in upholstering the seats is the same as that used in a Ferrari.
A living room to lounge in, dine in and enjoy your in-flight entertainment system. The living room has a luxurious leather double seat sofa and two dining tables. You can enjoy an intimate meal for two and watch your 32 inch TV.
The carpeted floors lead you down to the en-suite bathroom, your very own bathroom !! this just keeps getting exciting. Doesn’t it !!!? You can shower before you arrive at your destination. What more could you ask ??
But there’s more.
You get your very own bedroom, at the end of the hallway is a 6 foot 10 inch double bed with Egyptian bed sheets, you can take a nap, watch TV on your 27 inch flat screen TV and after your nap you can order for breakfast in bed.
The Residence Class is the epitome of luxury in air travel. A one way ticket from Abu Dhabi to London will cost you around $21,000 !!!

You will have to have extremely deep pockets to shell out this kind of money for a 7 hour flight.

Friday, 5 February 2016


Aerosvit was Ukraine’s private airline. Its head office was based on the Boryspil International Airport in Boryspil. Aerosvit had its primary hub at the Boryspil Airport. The airline was founded on 25th March 1994 and commence operations in April 1994 with flights from Kyiv to Athens, Larnaca, Tel Aviv, Odesa and Thessaloniki in co-operation with Air Ukraine.
All was well and Aerosvit was constantly adding new aircrafts to its fleet and new destinations to its existing route map. Aerosvit operated flights to 72 destinations in Asia, Europe and North America until it filed for bankruptcy.
Boryspil International Airport suspended Aerosvit’s flights in March 2012 and a clash over a RUB 95 million debt indicated with Sheremetyevo International Airport in the year end indicated the financial troubles Aerosvit was in. By the end of 2012, Aerosvit was under a debt of US $534 million, which was thrice the value of the company assets. 

Finally on 29th Decemb
er 2012 Aerosvit filed for bankruptcy but wanted to make reforms and continue operations. As soon as the bankruptcy was announced, all of Aerosvit’s aircrafts were detained at various airports. In 2012 the bankruptcy procedure was cancelled by the court. Aerosvit has since then ceased operations and is currently not operating any flights.
In mid-February 2013 Aerosvit announced that it would cut down 1800 jobs by March 2013.
The business court of Kyiv again initiated a case of bankruptcy of Aerosvit on March 4th, 2015, this was done when the airline failed to pay its debts.
Aerosvit operated flights to Beijing in China, New Delhi and Goa in India, Bangkok in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. In Western Asia Aerosvit operated flights to Yerevan, Baku, Ganja, Larnaca, Tbilisi, Batumi, Tel Aviv and Dubai. In Europe the airline flew to Minsk, Sofia, Prague, Copenhagen, Berlin, Hamburg, Duddeldorf, Stuttgart, Athens, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Milan, Naples, Vilinius, Chisinau, Krakow, Warsaw, Bucharest, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Moscow, Murmansk, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Stockholm, Istanbul, London, Toronto, New York City and various destinations in Ukraine.