Air India’s San Francisco-Bangalore flight with only women crew members in the cockpit has embarked on a historic journey. The flight will reach the capital of Karnataka via the North Pole and via the Atlantic route. In the operation of this flight, the air traffic controller and the flight related auxiliary activities at the airport were also fully operated by the women staff members. The aircraft will cover a distance of 14,500 km in about 17 hours.
Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted that professional, qualified and confident female crew members in the cockpit have flown from San Francisco to Bengaluru in an Air India aircraft and will pass through the North Pole. Our women power has achieved a historic achievement.
Way to go girls!
Professional, qualified & confident, the all women cockpit crew takes off from San Francisco to Bengaluru on @airindiain‘s flight to fly over North Pole.
Our Nari Shakti achieves a historic first. pic.twitter.com/X46cs73dQu
– Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) January 10, 2021
‘Records broken’: Air India tweeted, ‘Imagine this: -All female cockpit members- Longest flight to India- Pass through North Pole and it’s all happening! Records broken. History created by AI-176. AI-176 is flying at an altitude of thirty thousand feet. ‘
#FlyAI : Imagine this:
-All Women Cockpit Crew.
-Longest flight into India.
-Crossing the North Pole
It’s here & happening!
AI 176 is cruising at 30000 feet pic.twitter.com/kZ66hqiatq
– Air India (@airindiain) January 10, 2021
According to Air India sources, flight number AI-176 left San Francisco on Saturday at 8:30 pm (local time) and will arrive here at 3:45 am Monday. The crew consists of Captain Zoya Agarwal, Capt Papagari Tanmai, Capt Akanksha Sonvare and Capt Shivani Manhas.