On the 15th of October Vistara marked the 82nd anniversary of JRD Tata’s first commercial flight from Karachi to Mumbai by welcoming its first A320 aircraft painted with the airline’s livery. This was a significant moment for Vistara and in order to commemorate this memorable occasion Vistara kick-started its CSR journey on October 16, 2014 by joining hands with the Salaam Baalak Trust. Vistara organised a visit for 70 children (from SBT) to the Indian Air Force museum. The Salaam Baalak Trust founded by Mira Nair takes under its wing vulnerable, homeless children and gives them an opportunity to be educated and pursue their dreams.
For the children – aged between 7 and 16 years – it was an excellent opportunity to learn about the glorious history of the Indian Air Force along with a rare chance to peek into various aircraft used in the wars fought by India after Independence. They were delighted to be taken on a guided tour and learn about the collection of aeroplanes and armoury.
Vistara CEO, Mr. Phee Teik Yeoh, added his own personal touch to the initiative and welcomed the kids at the museum himself and stayed with them throughout all the while interacting with them informally. He gave them valuable advice on how important it is to pursue one’s dreams and working hard to achieve those dreams.
Captain Latha Vishwananthan, a pilot at Vistara shared her inspirational success story with the children while giving them a first-hand insight into what it takes to be a pilot. Her passion was infectious as she spoke about the humungous opportunities that exist as the aviation market in India opens up like never before.
And what’s a day out without some great food? Vistara had also arranged packed meals for the children from Taj SATS which added to their happiness. The day was managed completely by Vistara volunteers who took time off their busy schedules to pick up the children from their respective shelters, conduct games and ensure that the children stayed in high spirits throughout the day.