NEW DELHI: A nine-year-old Indian boy became the first kid to make the live in-flight announcement during a Frankfurt-Mumbai Lufthansa flight.
“India’s Yashas Dassani, a spontaneous nine-year-old boy from Mumbai recently stepped into the shoes of Lufthansa’s airline cabin crew and made the first live onboard announcement by a kid on flight from Frankfurt to Mumbai,” global aviation group Lufthansa said in a statement on Thursday.
Dassani made the announcement with 350 passengers aboard, as a part of the opportunity for the winner of Lufthansa's 'Your Announcement Contest'.
The online contest held earlier this year had received over 250 registrations from children aged between six to 10 years from nine countries. A jury of Lufthansa experts shortlisted 15 most imaginative onboard announcements from the videos received.
Yashas's video, which featured him welcoming passengers on board Lufthansa Flight 007 with a hearty Namaste, was finally selected through an online public poll.
Later, Yashas visited Lufthansa's crew premises at Frankfurt airport where he received his own flight attendant uniform.
“A Lufthansa pilot explained him how the crew prepares a long-haul flight and invited him to have a closer look at a Boeing 747-400,” the statement said.
Onboard flight LH 756, Yashas in his announcement welcomed the passengers travelling from Frankfurt to his hometown Mumbai. The passengers applauded and congratulated him for doing a great job. Shortly before landing, Yashas's voice was again heard in the cabin, saying goodbye to the guests.
Yashas was on his way back from a trip to Europe as he had won flight tickets to a European destination of his choice for himself and his parents.