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Abhishek the aviator

Besides being a serious actor, Abhishek Bachchan is also something of an aviation expert. Princy Jain tells us about his keen knowledge of various aircraft.

entertainment Updated: Feb 26, 2009 19:01 IST
Princy Jain

Besides being a serious actor, Abhishek Bachchan is also something of an aviation expert. It turns out that he has a keen knowledge of various aircraft. HT City learned this when we boarded BJETS Hawker 850/900XP with him during his 12-hour record-breaking promotional trip across seven scities.

As he entered the plane, a mid-range eight-seater, he took note of the finish and the seats. “This looks like BMW?” he guessed. “Bang on. The interior is designed by the same designers,” Jaideep Sippy of BJETS said.

After take-off, Abhishek turned his attention to the control panel on his armrest — trying the touchscreen device, switching on the lights. “It’s cold!” the actor exclaimed as he lowered the cooling, also guessing the flight speed correctly. Ever polite, he thanked the pilot and the first officer after the trip ended.