Thursday 14 January 2021

All-women Indian Pilot Crew Makes History

AIR INDIA B787-8  VT-NAC (MSN 36299) 

An-all women Indian pilot crew has made history after operating the longest commercial flight operated by any Indian airline. The flight was from the first non-stop San Francisco-Bengaluru flight and lasted 17hrs. The flight crew was led by Captain Zoya Aggarwal who was joined by Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas in the cockpit. The flight was operated by a 777-200LR, registered as VT-ALG (MSN 36306). 
Flight AI176, which departed from San Francisco at 8:30 pm (local time) on Saturday, landed at Bengaluru Airport at 3:45 am (local time) on Monday.
The aircraft travelled over the north pole en route to Bengaluru.
India’s Minister of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Puri, congratulated the team on their journey saying
A moment to cherish & celebrate, women professionals of Indian civil aviation create history, Heartiest Congratulations to Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware & Capt Shivani for flying over North Pole to land in Bengaluru from San Francisco.”

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