Wednesday, December 8, 2021

All-woman Indian pilots create history on a commercial flight

An all-woman cockpit crew flew from San Francisco to Bengaluru on January 9. They being captains Zoya Aggarwal, Papagari Thanmei, Akansha Sonaware, Shivani Manhas. 

It’s the longest commercial flight in the world, operated by Air India, and travelled 16,000 km to reach its destination in its inaugural flight. 

It went over North Pole and took the Atlantic route to reach Bengaluru. 

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri was ecstatic in his tweet: “Air India’s woman power flies high around the world.”

The flight was commanded by Captain Zoya Aggarwal. She has flight experience of over 8,000 hours. She has been flying for over 10 years. 

It was a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with a seating capacity of 238 out of which 235 were booked. It saved 10 tonnes of fuel. 

It will be a biweekly flight and would take off from San Francisco for Bengaluru on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It would leave for San Francisco from Bengaluru on Mondays and Thursdays. 

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