Four women pilots of Air India have made history by flying on India’s longest route in the early hours of Monday. History is because first of all it has started the flight of India’s first longest route – San Francisco to Bangalore – Secondly, there were only women in this crew. Also, this female pilot crew has brought this flight over the North Pole.
The Air India flight took off from San Francisco and reached Campegowda International Airport in Bangalore around 1.30 am on Monday. This flight traveled over 16,000 kilometers, flying over the North Pole.
After landing this flight, Air India congratulated the women pilots for creating this history and welcomed them. The crew of this flight, led by Captain Zoya Aggarwal, included Captain Papagiri Tanmai, Captain Akanksha and Captain Shivani. Air India also congratulated the passengers flying in Flight AI176 for being a witness to this incident.
Kudos for making Air India proud.
We also congratulate passengers of AI176 for being part of this historic moment. pic.twitter.com/UFUjvvG01h
– Air India (@airindiain) January 10, 2021
After the completion of the journey, Captain Zoya Aggarwal told the news agency ANI at Bengaluru Airport that ‘Today we have not only created history by taking a flight just above the North Pole, but by a crew of women pilots. We are very happy and proud to be a part of it. We have saved 10 tonnes of fuel from this route.
Today, we created world history by not only flying over the North Pole but also by having all women pilots who successfully did it. We are extremely happy and proud to be part of it. This route has saved 10 tonnes of fuel: Captain Zoya Aggarwal at Bengaluru airport https://t.co/wRyNNKC4GJpic.twitter.com/q8jZgB6HBt
– ANI (@ANI) January 10, 2021
Capt Shivani Manhas, who was part of the crew, said, ‘It was a very exciting experience and no one had done it before. It took us about 17 hours to reach here.
While congratulating the crew, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri called it a moment of joy, while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also congratulated the crew for being a part of this achievement.