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)

Read more on:    flights  |  air travel  |  travel  |  travel international

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Hip Cape Town bars to discover this summer

#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.