The all-women crew of Air India longest direct flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru landed on 11 January morning after covering a distance of 16,000 km in which the crew flew over the North Pole.
The crew of four women made history as they landed at Kempegowda International Airport with Air India longest direct route flight on 11 January.
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.”
“In a moment to cherish & celebrate, women professionals of Indian civil aviation create history. Heartiest Congratulations to Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware & Capt Shivani for flying over North Pole to land in Bengaluru from San Francisco, Puri tweeted.
Air India has said this will be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by it or any other airline in India.
The national carrier had said on 9 January that this flight would be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by any Indian airline and the total flight time on this route would be of more than 17 hours depending on the wind speed on that day.
The direct distance between the two cities at opposite ends of the world is 13,993 km with a time zone change of around 13.5 hours.
Flight AI176 departed from San Francisco in the USA at around 8.30 pm (local time) on 9 January and landed at the Kempegowda International Airport at around 3.45 am (local time) on 11 January.
The flight was operated with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with a seating capacity of 238 seats, including eight First Class, 35 Business Class,195 Economy class configuration besides four cockpit and 12 cabin crew.