India, March 20: SpiceJet has dedicated a special aircraft livery to honour the unparalleled contribution of actor Sonu Sood for his efforts in helping millions of stranded Indians, both within and outside India, reach their homes in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic last year.
SpiceJet unveiled a special livery with an image of the actor wrapped on its Boeing 737 aircraft.
SpiceJet and Sonu Sood had collaborated since the beginning of the pandemic last year to work closely to help repatriate thousands of stranded Indians who were stuck abroad. As part of this collaboration, more than 1500 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan and hundreds of Indian nationals stuck in Russia, Uzbekistan, Manila, Almaty among other countries were repatriated to India.
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “We are extremely proud of our association with Sonu Sood and the work that we have done together during this pandemic. This special livery is a tribute from SpiceJet for Sonu’s selfless efforts and to thank him for the outstanding and exemplary work that he has done to help millions during this pandemic.”
In a post on Twitter, SpiceJet said, “The phenomenally-talented @SonuSood has been a messiah to lakhs of Indians during the pandemic, helping them reunite with their loved ones, feed their families, and more. While there is no apt way to thank him for his immense efforts, here is a small gesture from SpiceJet to acknowledge him and his amazing contributions. Introducing our one-of-its-kind Sonu Sood livery draped on Mustard, one of our lovely Boeing 737 aircraft.“
Furthermore, SpiceJet said, “Thank you for everything, Sonu! You are an inspiration to us and many others, and we are proud to be your partners in your deeds of extraordinary compassion.”
The phenomenally-talented @SonuSood has been a messiah to lakhs of Indians during the pandemic, helping them reunite with their loved ones, feed their families and more. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/8wYUml4tdD
— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) March 19, 2021
Sonu Sood, meanwhile, is elated and said, “I am extremely grateful to SpiceJet for this amazing gesture. If there was one airline that did not stop operations for even a single day during the lockdown, it was SpiceJet, ensuring that the country’s supply chain remained intact. I am thankful to SpiceJet for their untiring and invaluable support that helped reunite thousands of stranded Indians with their families.”
In 2020, Sonu Sood was declared a “real hero” by India after he helped citizens amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. He arranged buses for migrants after obtaining special permissions from respective state governments. Apart from sending migrants home, Sonu Sood also launched a food initiative and donated 1500 PPE kits to doctors across Punjab.
Over the past year, Sonu Sood has offered help in various fields. He provided smartphones to children in a remote Haryana village school for their online classes. In September, he facilitated a brain tumour surgery of a woman in Assam.
Sonu Sood has appeared in the films, Jodhaa Akbar, Dabangg, Happy New Year, Kung Fu Yoga and Simmba.