SpiceJet has dedicated a special aircraft livery to honour actor and “real-life superhero” Sonu Sood for his “unparalleled contribution and efforts” at helping millions of stranded Indians reach their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year .After the lockdown was imposed in 2020 amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, SpiceJet and Sood teamed up to repatriate thousands of stranded Indians including over 1,500 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan, hundreds of Indian nationals stuck in Russia, Uzbekistan, Manila, and Almaty among other countries.
To honor Sonu Sood, SpiceJet unveiled a special livery with an image of the actor wrapped on its Boeing 737 aircraft. While sharing the video, the airline company wrote: “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. 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.
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.”
Meanwhile, Sonu Sood is elated with the gesture 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.”
Sood has worked to help the disadvantaged since the lockdown was imposed in March 2020. Among Sood’s efforts, the Ghar Bhejo campaign to send migrants home and bring back stranded Indian students stood out as he and his team arranged transportation for these groups even with local transportation was stopped.
Besides facilitating transportation for thousands of Indians to go back home, Sood also launched an app, Pravasi Rojgar (now known as GoodWorker) – aimed at helping returned migrants find work in their home states and the Sonu Sood Job portal to help skilled and unskilled workers find jobs.
He also started a successful food and ration drive called ‘Shakti Annadanam’ offering daily meals to more than one lakh migrant workers and homeless labourers in Mumbai every week.
In its capacity, SpiceJet brought home 2.5 lakh Indian and foreign nationals stranded in different countries on more than 1,500 special flights. The airline also operated around 16,000 cargo flights carrying more than 133,500 tonnes of vital supplies and cargo since March 25, 2020.