Never before has any platform offered fans a chance to meet their favorite celebrities and ensure they get a chance to have a truly memorable experience flying along with them. Fly with VIP offers an unique opportunity to have fans spend quality time interacting with their role model and icon, chatting with him/her sitting beside them on a flight. The inaugural effort of flywithvip.com is with the cast and director of the upcoming movie Shamitabh where up for grabs is a seat with Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan and R. Balki when they fly in a private jet.
There are two methods of participating; an auction model which shall see the highest bidder get the seat and a raffle model where multiple participants pay as less as Rs. 100 and get selected by a lucky draw. There is also an advance booking section where interested participants will give non-binding offers without knowing celebrity’s flight date or sector. And then, when a celebrity makes a last minute travel plan, there would be a short duration – one hour auction open only to the advance bookers.
Fly with VIP believes in creating extraordinary experiences which we remember and cherish, simultaneously benefiting a worthy cause. About 85% of the collections will go to a charity close to the celebrity’s heart. Since celebrities are flying 100’s of times every year, this platform is expected to annually raise nearly 200 crores for deserving charities and all through an effortless participation by celebrities who intend to make a difference.
This innovative project takes off with Big B followed by flights with the 300 plus VIP’s signed up by the Company including top entrepreneurs like Narayan Murthy, Anil Agarwal and Subhash Chandra Goyal, Bollywood actors Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sports stars like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Saina Nahwal and Sania Mirza, film directors like R. Balki, Shoojit Sarcar and Farah Khan, film producers like Siddharth Roy Kapur, fashion designers Manish Malhotra, Sandeep Khosla, Rina Dhaka, Dalal street wizard Rakesh Jhunjhunwalla, business legends Rahul Bajaj, Mr. Godrej, Mr. Birla, women entrepreneurs Anu Aga and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.
The Company has signed up celebrities across 14 different genres including film directors and producers, sportsmen, fashion designers, corporate india, young turks, heads of Venture Capital firms and PE’s, spiritual leaders, tv stars and also niche categories like models from Miss India, Miss World, television anchors and singers and authors.
This startup venture with a difference is backed by investors like former Infosys Director TV Mohandas Pai. The process advisors and validators are KPMG. The Company founded by Mumbai-based entrepreneur Gautam Chhabria and co-founded by Bangalore based social entrepreneur Anil Shetty, has patented the concept in India, USA, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia and other places.
“There is a rigorous screening process adopted, to ensure unwanted bidders like bookies, who may want to fly with the Indian cricketers, are kept out,” says Gautam Chhabria.