Mumbai, July 18, 2011: Jet Airways,
India’s premier international airline today gave over 25 special children a unique opportunity to visit Jet Airways’ aircraft maintenance hangar near the , Santacruz. The educational excursion programme was organised by JetSpark, an exclusive initiative of the airline to connect with its young travelers, in association with non-governmental organisation (NGO) CHILDReach, which is dedicated to community based development for children in Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport . India
In keeping with Jet Airways’ focus on supporting causes relating to child development and education in the community, JetSpark endeavors to open up the world of aviation to these special children. CHILDReach works with local communities to help improve children’s access to healthcare, education, child rights and protection.
At a half-day event held at the airline’s hangar, the children were given an opportunity to explore a Boeing 737 aircraft parked in the hangar. The enthusiastic children spent more than three hours in admiration of the Boeing 737-700 aircraft, learning and understanding the working of the aircraft. The children were also shown the interior of the Jet Airways aircraft cockpit, the cargo hold, airline maintenance and the landing gear operations. Later, they were entertained with music, dance and several games with exciting prizes.
The children from the NGO participated in quiz contests and interacted with Jet Airways Engineers, Pilots and Cabin Crew. They also observed videos of assembling of aircraft, besides landings and take offs of planes. Later the children were taken for a visit to the engine, structure, brake & wheel and seat shops. The educational excursion by the engineers provided children with rich insights into airline maintenance and operations.
Noted Bollywood actors Sameera Reddy and Jimmy Shergill interacted with the children from NGO – CHILDReach.
Mr. Nikos Kardassis, Chief Executive Officer, Jet Airways, said, “It is indeed a privilege for us to work with these notable NGOs and their wards. It is most gratifying to see smiles lighting up the little faces as the children look forward to such an educative program.”
Sponsors for the event were Loop Mobile, Reebok and Lindt. Refreshments were courtesy Oberoi Flight Services.
About Jet Airways
Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 97 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 55 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 20 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft. With an average fleet age of 5.45years, the airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. Flights to 75 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Brussels, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London(Heathrow), Milan, Muscat, New York(both JFK and Newark), Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore and Toronto.
About Jet Airways Konnect
Jet Airways’ Konnect service operates on key domestic routes, and is 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 , operating over 170 flights daily. India
JetLite is a 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 Boeing 737 series aircrafts. The airline flies to 27 domestic destinations and 1 international destination (
Kathmandu), operating over 110 flights a day, on average.
Jet Airways, Jet Airways Konnect and JetLite have a combined fleet strength of 115 aircraft and operate over 580 flights daily