Air India All-Women Crew Makes History!

Air India all-women crew makes history by landing the longest flight from the US to Bengaluru:

We are proud again. Air India’s all-women crew of Air India’s longest direct flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru landed on Monday morning after covering a distance of 16,000 kilometers in which the crew flew over the North Pole.

The four women pilots: Captains Zoya Aggarwal, Papagari Thanmai, Akansha Sonaware, and Shivani Manhas were operating a Boeing 777 200 (long-range or LR) VT-ALG — named ‘Kerala’. 

The flight number AI176 left San Francisco on Saturday at 8.30 pm (local time) and arrived at 3.07 am, Air India. 

These four women made history as they landed at Kempegowda International Airport. 

Captain Zoya Aggarwal said, “Today, we created world history by not only flying over the North Pole but also by having all women pilots who successfully did it. We are extremely happy and proud to be part of it. This route has saved 10 tonnes of fuel.”

Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted, “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 the North Pole. Our Nari Shakti achieves a historic first.”

Shivani Manhas, one of the four pilots who operated Air India’s inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight said, “It was an exciting experience since it was never done before. It took almost 17 hours to reach here.”

Air India claims that this will be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by it or any other airline in India.

Air India will be operating two non-stop flights per week to Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, departing on Saturday and Tuesday. The return flight from Bangalore arrives on Mondays and Thursdays, San Francisco International Airport said in a statement.