Indian parents often have the dream that their children will continue in the same field as them - and excel. For an air hostess of Air India, this dream came true when her own daughter piloted the last flight she ever worked on.
Ashrrita Chinchankar, who joined the airline two years ago, got to co-pilot the last flight with her mother, Pooja Chinchankar, who worked there for 38 years. Pooja had joined the airline when she was 19 years old and has been working there ever since.
"It was my mother who had always wanted me to be a pilot," Ashrrita says. "I was a mass media student before she suggested I pursue this."
Right from her childhood, Ashrrita was fascinated by her mom - when she, "saw her getting ready and going for flights." She also states how she's met so many captains, and after considering what her mother said, she decided to try pilot=ing.
On Monday, Ashrrita tweeted this.
Guys, tomorrow I will be flying with my mother on her retirement day, when she gracefully operates her last flight as an Air Hostess with @airindiain after 38 years of service privileged to be her first officer tomorrow! #proud #grateful #happy — Ashrrita (@caramelwings) July 30, 2018
Ashrrita said that she "had to put in a special request to fly with her mother", and stated in that request that "It was a special day." The airline granted the request! There were even special announcements made, which made the emotional moment even more special.
Yes there were special announcements :) — Ashrrita (@caramelwings) July 31, 2018
Ashrrita shared a photo of the flight crew which was on board as the flight took off.
So happy and honoured to be able to pilot the one flight that mattered. It was my mom’s dream to have me pilot her last flight as an Air Hostess with @airindiain :) As she retires after her glorious 38 years of service, I will be carrying on with her legacy #grateful #proud pic.twitter.com/zcUTNCENzj — Ashrrita (@caramelwings) July 31, 2018
She even shared a clip of her mother on her last day working as an air-hostess!
For all of you who asked :) that’s mom on her last flight as an operating cabin crew for @airindiain what a lovely day and what amazing passengers! So many best wishes and hugs ♥️ of course I was in the flight deck :) #proud #grateful pic.twitter.com/eUL3Og4EBr — Ashrrita (@caramelwings) July 31, 2018
The Internet is touched over this sweet story, including the former Minister of Civil Aviation.
Some of the most heart warming and pleasant stories are the ones that happen in real life. Make your mother proud @caramelwings, best wishes to both of you!@IndianExpress @airindiain #TuesdayThoughts #stories https://t.co/qFVESvDFMf — Praful Patel (@praful_patel) July 31, 2018
I was also present on my father’s last flight after 38 yrs with Air India. Paris-Delhi-Bombay. Still remember that day so fondly. — Monsieur George (@riaangeorge) July 31, 2018
Lots of love to your mom and a special hug for you. Must be a proud moment for both of you. — Arundhati (@discopiggu) July 31, 2018
The airline, too, was thrilled.