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All-women Air India team operates historic San Francisco-Bengaluru flight

An all-women cockpit crew set out on a history journey, operating Air India's inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight, going over the North Pole and taking the Atlantic route to reach Karnataka

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Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

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Air India crew for San Francisco-Bengaluru flight | Photo: Air India Twitter handle

An all-women cockpit crew set

out on a history journey, operating Air India's inaugural San Francisco-flight, going over the North Pole and taking the Atlantic route to reach the Karnataka capital at the other end of the world.

The flight number AI176 left on Saturday at 8.30 PM (local time) and would arrive here at 3.45 AM on Monday, according to sources.

Union Minister for Civil Aviation, tweeted, "Way to go girls! Professional, qualified & confident, the all women cockpit crew takes off from to on @airindiain's flight to fly over the North Pole.Our Nari Shakti achieves a historic first."


has said this will be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by it or any other airline in India.

The total flight time on this route will be more than 17 hours depending on the wind speed on that particular day, it had said in a statement on the eve of the historic flight.

Members of the crew are: Captain Zoya Aggarwal, Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas.

too expressed its elation when it tweeted, "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 @flySFO to @BLRAirport. AI 176 is cruising at 30000 feet.

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First Published: Sun, January 10 2021. 17:18 IST
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