Historic Air India flight, manned by all-women cockpit crew, takes off from San Francisco for Bengaluru

Air India has said this will be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by it or any other airline in India. AI176 will fly over the North Pole and take the Atlantic route to Bengaluru

Press Trust of India January 10, 2021 18:06:39 IST
Historic Air India flight, manned by all-women cockpit crew, takes off from San Francisco for Bengaluru

The all women cokcpit crew of AI176. Image credits: Twitter@HardeepSPuri

Bengaluru: 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 the Karnataka capital at the other end of the world.

Flight number AI176 left San Francisco on Saturday at 8.30 pm (local time) and would arrive in Bengalurur at 3.45 am on Monday, according to Air India sources.

Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted, "Way to go girls! Professional, qualified  and 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."


Air India 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.

Air India too expressed its elation when it tweeted:

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