I love hearing stories of adventure and my didi who is older to me by two years also loves the same. She likes the stories of fairies! During my summer vacation I had gone with my mother to my Nana’s place in Goa where he serves as a pilot at the air station. His house overlooked the Arabian sea at the Dabolim airport. Cold breeze and swaying palm trees, fishing boats in the shimmering water and miles of white sand beach are sights I had never seen before. One morning, I heard a drone of aircraft and as I looked up, my eyes shone at the sight of a huge aircraft that flew past at a very low height. The grey color radiated in the morning sun. I had never ever seen such a big aero plane. Later in the evening I told Nana about what I had seen in a very excited tone. He smiled and said, ‘That was TU 142 aircraft, one of the biggest one. I too fly the same’, he continued.
‘Oh, is it? ‘My eyes widened in disbelief. ‘Are there any planes bigger than that’? I asked with curiosity.
‘Sure, there are, would you like to know about that’ he looked at me, already knowing my answer.
‘Please tell’ I and my sister shouted in a chorus.
So after finishing the dinner, we hopped in his bed and as he settled down, we both started pestering him for the promised story.
‘I will tell you about aircrafts from the old times to now’ he started sensing our anticipation.
The story started from the times of ‘ Pushpak viman’ that was used by Ravana to ferry Sita in the epic Ramayana, to the story of Wright brothers who were the first to fly the airplane, and had reached till airship Zeppelin that were flown during the second world war.
‘Nana, but you had told us that you will tell about the biggest airplane’ I interrupted.
‘I was just coming to that, he continued’. You know the biggest aircraft will now fly in India , from New Delhi to Frankfurt by Lufthansa from November , this year! This aircraft has been built by Airbus Industries of France and can carry up to 853 passengers and crew in a full economy class and 525 passengers in a three class configuration (First, Business and Economy class).In short a perfect aircraft for a big population in India to travel!It has two decks with alleys in front and rear for passengers to board and disembark. The upper deck is at such a height that the noise of the engines is almost inaudible. Also, this aircraft despite its huge size is 50% quieter compared to Boeing 747, its nearest rival. It requires a runway almost 2km long to take off and 3 km to land! There are big windows that give fantastic view as you fly in comfort of big seats.
'The plane is 73m long 24 m wide and can fly 15000 km, say from India to Australia and back at one go! It has electrical cabling extending 500km and the cabin air is recycled every three minutes to maintain freshness' he added.
My eyes opened in disbelief. ‘Nana, is this all true, or a fairy tale’ I tapped him, as I started feeling even more excited.
‘This aircraft can carry almost 560 tonnes at takeoff and has 15-20% more efficiency of operation , which makes it suitable for a country like ours , at the same time maintain low cost and help in keeping the environment green' he explained.
‘ Nana, I would like to go on this plane, will you take me’ I asked as , I had started falling sleepy.
‘ Sure, next time, I will take you all on a trip to Germany, where you can have your favorite pasta and matar panner on the Lufthansa flight, besides gifts from the sweet and hospitable airhostesses’ he added.
I had already started dreaming about my flight to Germany, with Nana , in the mighty A-380, as mom came and picked me up in her arms and took me to my bed.
PS: This post a flight of fantacy of a four year old Akshat who would love to fly on A-380 with his sister Arushi. This post is my submission for Lufthansa, Indiblogger contest(http://a380.lufthansa.com/TAKEPART/#/DE/EN/home)#LufthansaA380