An all-women cockpit crew of Air India operated from 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.
It was Air India’s longest direct flight which successfully landed in the southern city on Monday.
Air India stated on Saturday that this flight would be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by any Indian airline and the total flight time on this route would be of more than 17 hours depending on the wind speed on that day.
The direct distance between the two cities at opposite ends of the world is 13,993 km with a time zone change of around 13.5 hours.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri tweeted, “In a moment to cherish and celebrate, women professionals of Indian civil aviation create history,”
Adding, “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,”
Flight AI176, Air India departed from San Francisco in the US at around 8.30 pm (local time) on Saturday and landed at the Kempegowda International Airport at around 3.45 am (local time) on Monday.
The flight was operated with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with a seating capacity of 238 seats, including eight First Class, 35 Business Class,195 Economy class configuration besides four cockpit and 12 cabin crew.