An All-Women Air India cockpit crew has reached new heights after setting a record in the history of the Indian aviation industry. Led by Captain Zoyal Aggarwal, the crew was part of the inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight, crossing the North Pole and taking the Atlantic route to Karnataka capital at the other end of the world.
A new record for the longest commercial flight has been set
This has become the longest commercial flight in the world. Captain Aggarwal was accompanied by Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas in the cockpit. The flight departed from San Francisco at 8:30 pm (local time) on Saturday, landed at Bengaluru Airport at 3:45 am (local time) on Monday.
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.” An Air India official confirmed that Flight AI176 is now the “longest commercial flight in the world” to be operated by it or any other airline in India. It’s total flight time will be more than 17 hours.