Air India, the national carrier of the country is geared up for World Tourism Day 2019 in its unique way. To mark the ‘Celebrating India’ theme, the Air India Boeing B-777 aircraft is being decorated with pictures of historical monuments, nature and wildlife, reports ANI.
Air India was inspired by Narendra Modi’s speech
The AI Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) in Nagpur is responsible for the decoration of the aircraft. Back in August, during his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the scope of improving tourism in the country. He said, “There is a “huge” scope to improve our tourism and India has so much to offer. I know people travel to different countries for holidays, but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations in India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom.”
Post the Prime Minister’s appeal, Air India made the decision to decorate its Boeing B777 aircraft to promote India’s tourist destination. The aircraft has been decorated with pictures of Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Konark Temple, Golden Temple and Statue of Unity. The airlines are also starting a flight route between Amritsar-Delhi-Toronto which will debut on World Tourism Day. World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27, annually.
Vaibhav Simpy, Senior Engineer, Air India MRO and Nodal officer of the aircraft said: “Our Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani has given the task to decorate the aircraft with world heritage photos before going to Toronto. We started the work and today the aircraft is ready for use as per our CMD direction. Before decorating the aircraft we had taken prior clearance from Aviation watchdog Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).”
Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri earlier tweeted: “Delighted to announce the commencement of a thrice-weekly Air India flight between Sri Amritsar Sahib and Canada. The Amritsar-Delhi-Toronto flight will commence on the occasion of World Tourism Day on September 27, 2019.”
This year, India will be hosting the celebrations for World Tourism Day. The theme for the event is ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’.
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