It only costs a $1 to buy a ticket to ride on this airbus, but it’s not the destination that matters on this flight – it’s the journey.
In 2003, Bahadur Chand Gupta, a retired aircraft engineer, sold some land and saved up enough money to buy an old Airbus, Barcroft TV reports.
Whilst many would consider his purchase a strange retirement plan, his idea would enrich the lives of hundreds more than he could imagine.
Wanting to give back to the community he grew up in, Gupta decided to use the old Airbus to give people an experience that they would otherwise be unable to share.
For the travelers who would never be able to board an actual plane, the experience offers them an opportunity to understand what if feels like to fly – without actually leaving the ground.
“I come from a small village in Haryana state called Kasan,” Gupta explained to The National. “I was the first person from there to qualify as an engineer. When I went to work for India Airlines in Delhi it was a very big thing. Whenever I went home or when people came to the city they wanted to talk to me about my work. None of them had ever flown and many of them used to ask if I could take them inside a plane. For security reasons that was never possible, but saying no always made me feel very uncomfortable and disappointed. After some time I began to think that I should do something outside of the airport.”
“If the person is poor, we don’t charge him and if the person comes from a middle class family, we charge him 1$,” he said
The “passengers” are treated to a safety presentation as well as snacks from the catering cart, and some lucky flyers even get to see inside the cockpit. Visitors even get to simulate a slide evacuation.