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All-Women Crew To Fly Into History With 17-Hour Flight To Bengaluru – Unblendednews

All-Women Crew To Fly Into History With 17-Hour Flight To Bengaluru


Air India’s Captain Zoya Aggarwal (Left) and Captain Papagari Thanmai spoke with NDTV ahead of the flight

New Delhi:

An all-women team of Air India are set to make history when they pilot the longest non-stop commercial flight operated by any airline to India later in the week. The flight is being operated on a Boeing 777-200LR AIRCRAFT and will last more than 17 hours. It may touch 16,000 kilometres in distance, depending on the route flown.

“It’s 16,000-odd km. So, we are looking at world’s longest flight. And, yes, we are going to try and fly the polar route (over the North Pole). However, it depends on multitude of factors like solar radiations and the turbulence. So, we are going to sit tight and hope that we will go polar and break all sorts of records,” said Captain Zoya Aggarwal, the lead pilot on flight AI 176.

The flight departed from San Francisco at 8.30 PM (local time) on Saturday. It is expected to land at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport at 3.45 AM (local time) on Monday.

Flying over the Arctic would shorten the distance between the two technology hubs — Bengaluru and San Francisco — which are approximately 13,993 km apart, and on opposite ends of the world with a time zone lag of 13.5 hours.

“The route will be San Francisco-Seattle-Vancouver and we would be going as high as 82 degrees north. Technically, we aren’t flying right over the (North) pole but we are right next to it. And then we come south, most probably over Russia, and further down south to Bengaluru,” Captain Papagari Thanmai, one of the four pilots onboard told NDTV.

It’s an area of magnetic field, Captain Zoya said explaining why can’t we fly directly over the North Pole.


Congratulating the team, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said on Twitter, “Air India’s woman power flies high around the world.”

Air India Executive Director of Flight Safety, Capt Nivedita Bhasin, is also be traveling on this flight, a statement from the airline said, adding that this is the first ever non-stop route between the West Coast of USA and South India.

Air India also plans to start its first ever non-stop service between Hyderabad and Chicago from January 15.


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