Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Air India, Chicago Organized Special Screening of Airlift

Chicago IL: Air India, Chicago organized special screening of the latest Akshay Kumar's Hindi Blockbuster Movie, "Airlift-Air India's Call for Duty", on January 31st, 2016, at 5:00 PM at Movie Max (Big Cinemas), 9180 W Golf Road, Niles, IL 60714. Over 200 eminent people, including Staff of Indian Consulate General, Community Leaders, Corporate and Retail Customers of Air India, Travel Agents, Airport Service Providers of Air India, and Members of the Electronic and Print Media were among those who attended the screening.
D B Bhati and O P Meena Consuls at the Consulate General of India in Chicago Vinesh Virani from The Art of Living foundation and Minhaj Akhtar, President, FIA, Chicago were the Special Guests at the screening.
The movie showcases the daredevil mission of airlifting of a staggering 1,11,711 (One lakh eleven thousands seven hundred eleven) Indians who were rendered penniless and homeless, consequent upon Iraq's attack on Kuwait in 1990. The mission, which was accomplished by Air India, involved 488 flights spread over a more 59 days, is considered to be the largest air evacuation in the history of mankind and the most glorious chapters in Indian civil aviation history. Air India, thus, entered into Guinness Book of World Records for the civil airline that had evacuated the most people till date.
The evacuation was no easy task, as most Indians were not ready to leave everything they had worked for so hard, for so many years. Neither could they, as they did not have valid travel papers as the employers used to hold on to their employee passports once they landed in Kuwait, and those Kuwaiti employers were either dead or had fled by then.
01/02/16 Suresh Bodiwala/Chicago Tribune
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