Centenarian's dying wish fulfilled with first flight

2013-08-22 11:54
Kathmandu - An elderly Nepalese man was given the chance of a lifetime when a local airline allowed him to fulfill his life-long dream of flying in an airplane.

Huffington Post reports that 106-year-old Bote Rai boarded a 35-minute flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu, courtesy of Yeti Airlines, which runs domestically throughout Nepal. 

The airline reportedly extended the offer after The Himalayan Times ran an article on Rai outlining his dying wish.

"I have always wanted to fly but I could never afford it, Rai said in the piece, published on Sunday. "I want to fly like a bird in the open sky before I die."

Yeti heard the call, arranging a trip for Rai and his nephew to Kathmandu, where they will spend a night in a local hotel and tour the Pashupatinath Temple before returning home, Xinhua reports.

"We are not only making money through our business, we are also fulfilling our social responsibility," Saral SJB Rana, deputy director of Yeti Airlines, told Xinhua.

Despite never having been aboard a plane, Rai insisted that he wasn't afraid to fly. The Himalayan Times reports that upon landing, he beamed in front of the cameras while exclaiming, "Ramailo bhayo, ramailo bhayo," or "Had fun, had fun!" loosely translated.

Rai knew when to call it a day, however. When asked if he would fly again, he responded, "No, it's enough."

 (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

( Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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