Celebrating the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Air India pays tribute to the legend by painting a figurine of Mahatma Gandhi on the tail of one of its aeroplanes. The aeroplane chosen for this is an Airbus A320 aircraft. The painting was completed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

Mahatma Gandhi alias Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was one of the greatest Indian leaders of all times. His role in the freedom struggle of India and his efforts in getting India freedom from the British rule has given him impeccable recognition around the world. In India, he is considered as Father of the Nation. Born on 2nd October 1969 in Porbandar, a small town of Gujarat, India, Mahatma Gandhi is a figure who is known and recognized around the world.

On Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, India celebrated 150th Birth anniversary of the legend. People paid tributes to the great personality in their manner. Some organized poem recitation competitions in schools, while some conducted poster making contest encompassing participation from children of all ages. However, Air India though of taking the event to the next level highlighted.

In a first, Air India becomes the first India airline company to print painting of an internationally known personality on one of its aircraft.

The company has painted a sketch of Mahatma Gandhi on the tail of an Airbus A320 aircraft at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.


The painting is approximately 11 feet high by 5 feet wide & has been painted on the tail of the Airbus-320 aircraft. The tail of the air-vehicle measures 20 feet by 8 feet in size.

In a conversation with ANI, chairman and managing director (CMD) Ashwani Lohani said “This is the first time that we are doing something like this. By painting an image of Mahatma Gandhi aka ‘Bapu’ on an aircraft’s tail will serve as a reminder to people of Gandhiji’s message.”

Apart from this, Air India’s CMD further told that the company is planning to have Bapu’s sketch painted across some aircraft models in its fleet.

“The next step is to have a sketch of Gandhiji on the tail of one aircraft each across all models in our fleet, like the 787, 777 and 747 models which go on international flights to give a symbolic message,” he added. As per the reports, the sketch was developed in-house by the artisans with prior approval of the management.

Further, Lohani also told about the company is running the cleanliness campaign in memory of the leader.

“We are ensuring that our workplaces, our aircraft and our colonies, as well as our thoughts and our conduct, are clean. We have sent this message across our network and are ensuring it happens,” he further said.

Apart from this, Vistara airlines, a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines announced that it will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, at 30,000 feet with onboard passengers in a unique way.

To celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Vistara has eliminated 200ml plastic water bottles on all domestic flights, and have reduced single-use plastic onboard our aircraft by 75%.


Further, under ‘BE THE CHANGE @ 30,000 FEET’, the passengers will be invited to handwrite a social change that they are passionate about. Vistara has joined hands with LetterFarms for its initiative. LetterFarms is a Kochi-based NPO (a non-profit organization) that aims at mobilising handwritten change ideas from across the country to give them centre-stage at national events.


As per the reports passengers from eight selected flights between Delhi and Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai will become part of the event. The initiative is inspired famous mantra of Gandhiji: ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world’.