An all-female cockpit crew set
on a journey of history, by operating Air India’s inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight, flying over the North Pole and taking the Atlantic route to reach the capital of Karnataka on the other side of the world.
Flight number AI176 departed San Francisco at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday and would arrive here at 3:45 a.m. on Monday, Air India sources said.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted: “Well done girls! Professional, skilled and confident, the all-female flight crew takes off from San Francisco to Bengaluru on the @airindiain flight over the North Pole. Our Nari Shakti achieves a historic first. “
Air India has said it will be the longest commercial flight in the world operated by it or any other airline in India.
The total flight time on this route will be more than 17 hours depending on the wind speed that day, he said in a statement on the eve of the historic flight.
The crew members are: Captain Zoya Aggarwal, Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas.
Air India also expressed her joy when she tweeted: “Picture this: -All Women Cockpit Crew. -Longest flight to India. -North Pole crossing It’s here and it’s happening! Records broken. Story in the Making by AI176 from @flySFO to @ BLR Airport AI 176 is cruising at 30,000 feet.
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