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SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:40 am

Was casually web-spotting A321neo news when I stumbled upon this press release by SriLankan Airlines showing a welcoming/delivery ceremony of an A321neo with what appears to be the holy representatives from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim religions.
https://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/coporat ... etails/214

How widespread is this practice and in what other countries does it happen?

Which other airlines "bless" their planes with multiple religious representatives?
 
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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:52 am

I hope they did not cut off the tip of the pitot tube
 
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:59 am

Buddhism is the official and state religion in Sri Lanka, like in Thailand. I believe Lankans are fierce defenders of Buddhism like the Thais. I'm surprised UL did this.
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:07 am

VTCIE wrote:
Buddhism is the official and state religion in Sri Lanka, like in Thailand. I believe Lankans are fierce defenders of Buddhism like the Thais. I'm surprised UL did this.


The tension between their Buddhists and Muslims is more comparable to Myanmar. It's been pretty violent.

It's a country that is majority Buddhist, with a minority of muslims, and a bounty of ancient sites involving both Buddhist and Hindu history. That accounts for 3/4 religions, I guess the Christianity is for the historic European presence?
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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:16 am

Airbus747 wrote:
Was casually web-spotting A321neo news when I stumbled upon this press release by SriLankan Airlines showing a welcoming/delivery ceremony of an A321neo with what appears to be the holy representatives from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim religions.
https://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/coporat ... etails/214

How widespread is this practice and in what other countries does it happen?

Which other airlines "bless" their planes with multiple religious representatives?

Well, I know if this bizarre news story from PK:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38368667
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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:23 am

Jouhou wrote:
VTCIE wrote:
Buddhism is the official and state religion in Sri Lanka, like in Thailand. I believe Lankans are fierce defenders of Buddhism like the Thais. I'm surprised UL did this.


The tension between their Buddhists and Muslims is more comparable to Myanmar. It's been pretty violent.

It's a country that is majority Buddhist, with a minority of muslims, and a bounty of ancient sites involving both Buddhist and Hindu history. That accounts for 3/4 religions, I guess the Christianity is for the historic European presence?

There's a Christian minority on the island..about 7% of the population. Most of them are Burghers, and most Catholic. Mostly in the Northwest part of the island and around Colombo. Though I have seen a very well kept Catholic Church on the southern part of the island in Tangalle.
 
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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:53 am

Well what I find interesting here is that all four religions (Buddhism, Hindu, Christian, Muslim) take turns in blessing it. Almost as if the aircraft is "baptized" in four faiths :)
 
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:05 am

Airbus747 wrote:
Was casually web-spotting A321neo news when I stumbled upon this press release by SriLankan Airlines showing a welcoming/delivery ceremony of an A321neo with what appears to be the holy representatives from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim religions.
https://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/coporat ... etails/214

How widespread is this practice and in what other countries does it happen?

Which other airlines "bless" their planes with multiple religious representatives?


Here in Singapore we have multiple religious leaders bless all kinds of things from the F1 race, newly commissioned military officers and new rail lines. I can't find any references for this but I'm pretty sure that's being done for new airport terminals too. I doubt it's being done for new planes though.
 
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:08 am

In Mauritius too, when MK's first A350 landed, the aircraft was blessed by priests of the Hindu, Christian, Tamil, Muslim and Buddhists communities, Mauritius being a multi-cultural island, during the delivery ceremony also attended by the Prime Minister and President. It was indeed a great occasion since such a great aircraft, which costs approximately the same as the government's annual spending on education, was going to be flown under Mauritian colours
 
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:26 am

TG does it.
 
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:29 am

In the Philippines, almost everything is blessed by a Catholic priest. (A Muslim imam does get involved if it’s a state function, but rarely for private functions unless the business is owned by Muslim interests or primarily caters to Muslims.)

When PR got its first A350, it was blessed by a priest and a celebratory Mass was held. The video is in PR’s YouTube channel, if memory serves.

I believe 5J does the same as well but I can’t be entirely sure since I’ve not seen it online, but it’s not farfetched given that the country is 90% Christian, of which 80% of that 90% is Catholic.
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:30 am

TheEuphorian wrote:
TG does it.

Not by FOUR different religions though.

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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:16 am

Well, they say safety in aviation is all about "belt and braces"!
 
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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:03 pm

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I hope they did not cut off the tip of the pitot tube


LOL
 
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:51 pm

In the "KLM phases out the 747-thread" there is a link to a blog about the City Of Bangkok. That plane was blessed by 7? Budhist monks.
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:15 pm

If it’s not blessed by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I’m not getting on it
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Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:31 pm

India's largest airline IndiGo does a Hindu 'puja' for every aircraft it gets delivered, so does SpiceJet I think. Jet Airways does a multifaith ceremony at the delivery of a new aircraft type.
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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:03 am

Slash787 wrote:
cskok8 wrote:
I hope they did not cut off the tip of the pitot tube


LOL

Why would they? Just because they inducted it through a religious ceremony?
 
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Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:15 am

NeBaNi wrote:
Slash787 wrote:
cskok8 wrote:
I hope they did not cut off the tip of the pitot tube


LOL

Why would they? Just because they inducted it through a religious ceremony?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumcision
 
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Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:45 am

caoimhin wrote:
NeBaNi wrote:
Slash787 wrote:

LOL

Why would they? Just because they inducted it through a religious ceremony?


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumcision


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Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:26 am

unrave wrote:
India's largest airline IndiGo does a Hindu 'puja' for every aircraft it gets delivered, so does SpiceJet I think. Jet Airways does a multifaith ceremony at the delivery of a new aircraft type.


I remember when Kingfisher received their A330, a pooja was done, I guess even for the Air India B787.
 
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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:40 am

These are airlines which performs single religion prayers due to dominant religion in each respective country.

Royal Brunei Airlines performs "Doa Selamat", literally translated to "Safe Prayers" for all their newly delivered aircraft. Brunei is Islamic country.
Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways and many Thailand based airlines will hire monk for Buddhism blessings ceremony and aircraft walkabout. Same as Philippines Airlines and Cebu Pacific but in Catholicism.
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Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:08 am

Airbus747 wrote:
Was casually web-spotting A321neo news when I stumbled upon this press release by SriLankan Airlines showing a welcoming/delivery ceremony of an A321neo with what appears to be the holy representatives from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim religions.
https://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/coporat ... etails/214

How widespread is this practice and in what other countries does it happen?

Which other airlines "bless" their planes with multiple religious representatives?


It is common in Hawaii for there to be a blessing at events like a ground breaking for a new building or when a new aircraft is delivered. Not sure this happens for every aircraft that enters the fleet at airlines like HA but certainly when a new type enters the fleet. There was a blessing when they received their first 21N. I also remember when WP received the first Q400 (second time around under Ellison).

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Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:37 pm

MaverickM11 wrote:
If it’s not blessed by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I’m not getting on it


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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:27 am

Airbus747 wrote:
Was casually web-spotting A321neo news when I stumbled upon this press release by SriLankan Airlines showing a welcoming/delivery ceremony of an A321neo with what appears to be the holy representatives from the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim religions.
https://www.srilankan.com/en_uk/coporat ... etails/214

How widespread is this practice and in what other countries does it happen?

Which other airlines "bless" their planes with multiple religious representatives?


Sri Lanka and Mauritius are both secular and inclusive states. Even if Lanka is officially a Buddhist nation, the people are proudly secular. So this is not at all surprising.
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Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:46 am

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I hope they did not cut off the tip of the pitot tube

Best airliners.net reply I've seen in years
 
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Re: SriLankan A321neo "blessed" at ceremony by four major world religions

Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:09 am

A country whose constitution dictates that the head of state should belong to a particular religion is the opposite of "secular and inclusive."
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