Concordia’s student union president is offering to shuttle students from Montreal to Quebec City for next week’s anti-tuition-hike protest using her own personal solid-gold Airbus A380 jumbo jet, the first time she has used the aircraft in the performance of her duties.
“I’d heard that a lot of students didn’t want to take an uncomfortable three-hour bus ride,” CSU president Lex Gill said over coffee at Starbucks. “So I arranged for Solidarity, my private A380, to be made available to bring as many of them as possible to this massive protest. It’s really important as many people as possible show up.”
Though the A380 can carry more than 800 passengers, Gill’s plane was configured in its most luxurious option, with only about 300 seats. She said her airplane maintenance team (not Aveos, thankfully) will be working round-the-clock to reconfigure the aircraft to carry more passengers.
Gill said she wasn’t sure yet how other students would make their way to Quebec City. Some may still have to travel by bus, while she said the CSU is considering chartering other aircraft for the trip there and back, or having her plane make two trips.
“No expense will be spared to make this happen,” she said. “I don’t care if I have to pay a million dollars out of my own pocket. I will make education accessible to rich and poor alike. I will make the government see that they can find the money elsewhere, and not take it out of our iPhone-filled hands.”