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Finnair celebrates India’s Republic Day in flight


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The crew of the Finnair flight AY201, which was flying from Helsinki to New Delhi on January 17, broke out into dance moves reminiscent of an Indian blockbuster. Around 24 of the airline’s crew emerged in traditional Indian attire, then proceeded to dance in a choreographed fashion to Bollywood music.

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Finnair employees said the dance was intended to commemorate India’s 63rd Republic Day. According to the New York Times, Helena Kaartinen was the flight attendant who came up with the idea. “It was a good way to show respect,” she said. Ms Kaatinen, who has reportedly worked for Finnair for 32 years, recruited crew members in December, and organised twice weekly rehearsals near Helsinki Airport. She received help and feedback from a former flight attendant based in Mumbai, who is also a Bollywood dance instructor.

The crews were dancing to the tune of “Deewangi Deewangi”, from the film Om Shanti Om, directed and choreographed by Farah Khan. A polished video was then posted on to the video-sharing website YouTube. It has had more than 700,000 views since it was uploaded to the website yesterday.

I am touched by Finnair’s respect for another country. I salute the crews of Finnair’s Helsinki – New Delhi flight for their novel idea and performance. It is a great example for every one. Of course, the music was superb and the dance was invigorating! The girls danced pretty well on the aisle in mid-air. Awesome!!

Thanks Finnair for celebrating Indian Republic Day!

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