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Air India flight with all-women cockpit crew successfully lands at Bengaluru airport

Flight AI176 departed from San Francisco in the US on Saturday and landed at the Kempegowda International Airport at around 3.45 am (local time) on Monday

Air India flight with all-women cockpit crew successfully lands at Bengaluru airport

The all-Woman Crew members Capt Papagari Thanmai (L), Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Akansha Sonware, and Captaincies Shivani Manhas of the inaugural flight of Air India from San Francisco to Bengaluru pose for a photo after the landing of the maiden flight at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. PTI Photo



New Delhi, January 11

Air India’s longest direct flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru with an all-women cockpit crew successfully landed in the southern city on Monday.

The national carrier had said on Saturday 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.

“In a moment to cherish and celebrate, women professionals of Indian civil aviation create history,” Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said on Twitter.

“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,” he stated.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also congratulated the all-women pilot team for completing the national carrier’s longest flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru after flying over the North Pole.

“Congratulations to the all-women cockpit crew for completing Air India’s longest flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru over the North Pole. You have made the country proud,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

Flight AI176 departed from San Francisco in the US at around 8.30 pm (local time) on Saturday and landed at the Kempegowda International Airport at around 3.45 am (local time) on Monday.

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. PTI


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