Kohima, January 11 (NEx): In a first, an all-women cockpit crew operating Air India’s inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight arrived in Karnataka’s capital after flying over the North Pole and covering a distance of about 16,000 kilometres.
According to Air India, the flight number AI176 left San Francisco on Saturday at 8.30 PM (local time) and arrived in Bengaluru at 3.45 AM on Monday, completing 17 – hours flight and covering a distance of about 16,000 kilometres.
Union Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, ‘Way to go girls! Professional, qualified and confident, the all women cockpit crew takes off from San Francisco to Bengaluru on Air India’s flight to fly over North Pole. Our Nari Shakti achieves a historic first’.
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
Imagine this: All Women Cockpit Crew, Longest flight into India, Crossing the North Pole – It’s here & happening! Records broken.
History in the making by AI176 from San Francisco-Bengaluru – Air India said in a tweet.
#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
Earlier, Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a tweet said, ‘All women cockpit crew consisting of Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware & Capt Shivani Manhas will operate the historic inaugural flight between Bengaluru and San Francisco.’