Capt Michael Saldanha's announcement during Muscat-Mangaluru special flight inspires passengers


Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (AM)

Mangaluru, May 20: Air India's first special flight to Muscat landed at Mangaluru International Airport on Wednesday, May 20. The IX-818 Boeing 737 had first landed in Bengaluru and then continued its flight to Mangaluru with 65 passengers.

Addressing the passengers, Mangalurean pilot Capt Michael Saldanha, who was flying the aircraft said, “On behalf of the government of India, Air India Express family and crew, I would like to extend you a very warm welcome on board Air India Express flight IX818 from Muscat to Bengaluru and then onto Mangaluru.

“It is an honour for me and my crew to fly you home on this very first flight from Muscat to the state of Karnataka as part of the Vande Bharat mission, an initiative of the government of India to bring our fellow brothers and sisters who have been stranded all over the world back to our motherland India. The world right now is facing an unprecedented crisis with the onset and the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. As a result countries are shutdown, people have been separated from their families. Literally everything is under lockdown. But we, the crew of Air India Express, have voluntarily stepped up for our country to bring our stranded countrymen back to their homes and to their loved ones. As you can see, my fellow crew members are dressed in PPE suits, this is a part of protocol, but inside, they are the same warm and friendly crew who will make sure you all will have a comfortable flight.

“Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. It is a pleasure having you all on board. Stay safe, stay strong. Jai hind,” he concluded.

Capt Michael Saldanha was assisted by first officer Venu Madhav with the cabin crew led by Clayton D’Souza and assisted by Himani, Arun Mohan, and Siddarath Kadam.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Nothing extraordinary here. It's his job.

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  • Trisha, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Great work. Proud of him.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Yesterday a special flight from Dammam (Saudi Arabia) to Bangalore took off it's journey on a Vande Bharat mission. Ticket price as below

    Preimum package 120000
    Standard package 92000

    So what good it makes here to praise Modi or his government ? Did he do any favor ?? People are paying high prices from their pocket and coming back. There is nothing free to praise Modi or his government for his Vande Mission.

    The evacuation mission was that of 1991 government when they evacuated several hundred thousands from Kuwait due to first gulf war. That was free of cost. If anybody wanna praise it is the then government not this present media hyped and it's Bhakt hyped government.

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  • Karuna, Bangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    No body is forcing to take up the we evacuation flight. The flights to pick up pasengers fly empty, who is bearing the cost, secondly this is not an emergency situation like war, every country in the world is faceing this critical problem over and above meeting the cost of treating patients within the country

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Tiger Jinda hai! .............Nahin, Nahin Gober Bhaktas Jinda hai!!!!!!!

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  • Anand, Dakshina Kannada

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Guys, please stop being emotional..

    this is not a evacuation flight .. people are paying for their tickets and flying.

    Not sure , how you guys get carried away with speeches .. one such guy has been giving speeches since 2014...

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  • Rajesh D'Souza, Mangalore/Muscat

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Hats off you Captain Michael Saldanha such a wonderful job. We are proud about you be a Mangalorean.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, May 21 2020

    we always long to hear on plane, the commanding officer / co-pilot is from Bangalore/Mangalore/any other place in KN...normally we hear pilot/co-pilot from Mumbai/Delhi etc...and crew from Mumbai/North east etc...

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  • Rohan, London

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Please remember modi is not bring people back home. People coming at their cost and may be at premium tickets offered. Getting quarantined at their own cost. Modi only did a naming ceremony and free PR

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  • rovil pinto, mangalore,Valencia/muscat

    Thu, May 21 2020

    one of the best captain i have ever seen ,so gentle and kind heart person is Capt Michael Saldanha. and also thanks to air India express crew members.

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  • Anand, Dakshina Kannada

    Thu, May 21 2020

    We need Captains who are capable of taking off and landing planes safely..

    It doesnt matter if they are gentle or not so gentle or very gentle..

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  • Vincent D'sa, Dubai;Manipal

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Once i had an opportunity to fly with you from Dubai to Mangalore . We had an brief conversation outside cockpit . your on board announcements are impressive. Best of luck to you Capt.Michael.

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  • Nagesh Shetty, Suratkal

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Beautiful Announcement.... Keep it up....
    Only Airindia......Will do it, Can do it and Must do it....
    Stay safe...stay Blessed...
    Proud to have been an Airindian.......
    .

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  • Jacintha, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    No one is thanking Modiji. He stopped the spread of coronavirus. Look at America and Brazil they did bad job. Modiji is also arranging these flights.

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  • Allan Dcosta, Kinnigoli / Abu Dhabi

    Thu, May 21 2020

    When he says Govt of India what does it mean ? And you are making fun when saying that modi stopped this virus...

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 21 2020

    That is called the power of dhokla...

    ...can stop any virus.

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Friend, if it's Truly Dokla power then how it's cross 1 lakh mark??? Truly it's "2014 DHOKA" power!!!

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    did you heard of the plight of the labourers who are walking hundreds and thousands km since 24th March 2020 !!! For this, to whom I must say thank you??? Should I say thank you to UP Rogi who, neither arranged the transport to the poor labourers nor allowed others to arrange.
    I Must say THANK YOU to people like you, who are want to gain bread and butter through Shoe polishing of their Masters !!!!!

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  • Melwyn Cutinha, Chilimbi, Urwa/Muscat

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Capt. Michael, well said.
    Feeling proud to say that you are one of the leading captains of AI team and the first one to fly back home the stranded Mangaloreans. We will meet soon again as so may of us waiting to fly back home.
    God bless you and your family. Stay safe brother.

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  • Fr Felix Monteiro, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    INDEED WE ARE PROUD OF CAPTAIN MICHAEL SALDANHA..YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH YOUR MISSION AS A CAPTAIN....FILLING HOPE AMONG THE PASSENGERS DURING THIS PANIC TIME IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR. MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH GOOD HEALTH AND WISDOM TO CONTINUE THIS MISSION FOR MANY MORE YEARS...

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  • Pravin, Udupi

    Thu, May 21 2020

    These people should be thankful to Modiji for arranging a flight on this critical time with subsidized ticket.

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Thu, May 21 2020

    No need to thank Mr. Modi. That's his duty to bring back his own people.
    Every country's leaders were more proactive in terms of taking back their people, to be honest with you, we are already LATE in our actions.

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  • Naresh, Udupi

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Don't compare with other countries. Our country is with 130 Cr population with most of them are poor. Govt should have first completed the process of sending migrant workers to their home. After that only they should have started airlifting. Actually Govt started too early. Which is not at all needed.

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  • Pravin, Udupi

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Exactly. Poor migrants who contributed for the development of this country, who voted for this Govt, who used their skills for their own country, looked after their aged parents, paid tax, are suffering a lot. Very sad.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Well said, Capt. Michael. All the passengers must have been overwhelmed with your opening message in order to motivate them to fly to Bangalore and then Mangalore.

    Best wishes to you for all your patriotic work that will bring added spirit of joy when we all fly back to our home. Keep up the good work, and we are all proud of you.

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  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Capt. Michael Saldana tusi kudlada muthu.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, May 21 2020

    We are proud of you ...

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 21 2020

    All our saldanhas future of India. 🙏

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Sahil, Mangaluru
    Nation First ...

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  • Albert, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Capt Michael Saldanha..you made all Mangaloreans proud of their soil. Jai Hind

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Kudos to Captain Michael Saldanha on the superb role that you have played in encouraging the passengers while they were all in state of depression.

    If I recall several years ago I had the pleasure of you being at the control while I was on a flight from Mangalore to a foreign destination. You were kind to me and the the passengers. The crew working under you too were very courteous.

    May you be blessed

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 21 2020

    Government has so far called as evacuation... I always believed in the term evacuation is vacating citizens who are in distress , helpless or in dire need of getting them back to respective countries. I have seen many other country government not charging citizens when they call it as evacuation . In current scenario government has charged passengers and can this be treated as evacuation?

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  • Sandeep, Mangalore

    Wed, May 20 2020

    Great work brother...Your name is herd everywhere after the vande Bharat mission has started... May god bless you are your family .Stay safe... proud son of India

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