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Women pilots land Air India’s longest direct flight from San Francisco in Bengaluru

  • First ever non-stop flight from West Coast of US and South India
  • Covers distance of 16000kms with four women pilots
  • Flight over North Pole is another feather cap in flight history

Bangalore: Records were broken in flights history after first nonstop flight from San Francisco reached Kempe Gowda International Airport on early hours of Monday. This is the first flight which flew over North Pole, covering 16,000kms taking Atlantic route with all women  pilot crew.

AI176 is the first ever nonstop route between West Coast of US and South India, the other part of world with a continuous travel of 17 hours at an altitude of 30000 ft. Flying over North Pole requires much skill and experience as per aviation experts.

Captain Zoya Aggarwal said that “today we created history by not only flying over 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 also saved 10 tonnes of fuel as per Captain.

Captain Zoya became the youngest woman pilot to fly a Boeing-777 in 2013. Now this is another feather in her career. “Women should have self-belief even if they face societal pressure and should not consider any task impossible,” Zoya had said. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri had said “Air India’s woman power flies high around the world, our Nari Shakthi achieves a historic first.”

This is the first time a team of  all women pilots  flew over North Pole. It is a dream coming true for any professional pilot.

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