book now on a flight to nowhere

According to a Times Online article, Indian entrepreneur and retired Indian Airlines engineer Bahadur Chand Gupta has given a new twist to the concept of low-cost airlines. The passengers boarding his Airbus 300 in Delhi do not expect to go anywhere because it never takes off. All the passengers want is the chance to know what it is like to sit on a plane, listen to announcements and be waited on by stewardesses bustling up and down the aisle.

As on an ordinary aircraft, customers buckle themselves in and watch a safety demonstration. But when they look out of the windows, the landscape never changes. The airplane being used has only one wing and a large part of the tail is missing. Gupta’s regular announcements include, “We will soon be passing through a zone of turbulence” and “We are about to begin our descent into Delhi.”

The plane has no lighting and the lavatories are out of order. The air-conditioning is powered by a generator. Even so, about 40 passengers turn up each Saturday to queue for boarding cards.

Passengers are looked after by a crew of six, including Gupta’s wife, who goes up and down the aisle with her drinks trolley, serving meals in airline trays.

Gupta bought the plane in 2003 from an insurance company. It was dismantled and then put together again (Well, almost). The Indian Airline logo on the fuselage has been replaced by the name Gupta.

Gupta charges about £2 each for passengers taking these “virtual journeys”. See for yourself!

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9 Responses to “book now on a flight to nowhere”

  1. fozia yasin Says:

    plz tell me a bit more abt the mr bahadur, may be contact no. i am working with a newspaper (the asian age, new delhi) and am interested in an interview with him.

    thanks
    fozia yasin

  2. vicky Says:

    Could you please tell me where this airline is located in delhi i would like to go there.

  3. Naji Sudarsan Says:

    I have a task set by the Reader’s Digest to meet Mr Gupta as they’re interested in his ‘virtul journey.’ What’s the way to contact him.
    Thanks and regards
    Naji

  4. travelchick Says:

    Mr. Gupta’s company is called Aeroplanet, located in Dwarka, Delhi. His contact details can be found at http://www.ccat.in/aeroplanet.htm

  5. Leona Uddin Says:

    Hello,

    Very Interested to know more about Mr. Bahadur Gupta and how one can experience flying on the ground.

    A telephone number and address would help.

    The website address given here displays an error of” pg cannot be found” when clicked.

    Please advise.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Leona Uddin
    9871676780,

  6. travelchick Says:

    Hi Leona,

    Try the link again. I removed the trailing period (.) in the hyperlink.

    Cheers,
    travelchick

  7. Vishnu Sahai Says:

    Could you please indicate where exactly in Dwarka this is located, as Dwarka is a very big area and locating the site would be very difficult.

  8. Avantika Bhuyan Says:

    Hi,

    I would be obliged if you could help me with the number of Bahadur Chand Gupta who runs Aeroplanet in Dwarka. The link that you have mentioned doesn’t exist and I would really like to interview him for a story.

    Regards
    Avantika Bhuyan
    9873631002

  9. skiddlybop Says:

    What a beautiful thing he is doing, to help people see their dreams up close.

    What a spoiled baby I am, for ever whining about not having ‘more’.

    Thank you, Mr. Gupta. You are not only educating people who are on your lovely plane. You are teaching important things to the rest of us as well.

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