Ahead of Women’s Day, Air India operates ‘world’s longest all-women flight’

The flight, which travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometre in close to 17 hours, was operated as part of International Women's Day celebrations.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 7, 2016 5:08 pm
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National carrier Air India on Monday said it flew the “world’s longest” all-women operated and supported flight from the national capital to San Francisco.

The flight, which travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometre in close to 17 hours, was operated as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

The non-stop Delhi-San Francisco flight took off from Delhi on March 6.

“This year for the first time, on the world’s longest non-stop flight, entire flight operations from cockpit crew to cabin crew, check-in staff, doctor, customer care staff, ATC (air traffic control) and the entire ground-handling… were handled by women,” Air India said in a release.

Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said it was a historic flight and “the longest operated by all-women crew”. “The airline has immense respect for women and it is a symbol of women empowerment,” he added.

The flight was under the command of Kshamta Bajpayee and Shubhangi Singh, along with First Officers Ramya Kirti Gupta and Amrit Namdhari.

The carrier has about 3,800 women employees, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers, technicians, doctors, security personnel and executives.

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  1. A
    Mar 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm
    It is interesting that there are so far 6% "angry" reactions to this news article! Are these all from male readers? I presume so. Then, the question is, why should one get angry when an "all-women" crew operated the longest such flight. Are we still stuck in the mud of male chauvinism? Or, are we just ignorant of human equality? Or, are we simply uneducated? Just literate enough to read the article, but still uneducated enough to be able to grasp the significance? But, the happy thing is, 76% of readers were "happy" about it. That shows our maturity!
    1. T
      Apr 30, 2016 at 9:49 am
      Happy for Women of Air India, The people of the country are definetly proud, as it the leading international and domestic carrier, We Indians should known more about our flagship carrier, it is not a commercial Airline, but serving its citizens every day not only for transportation, but carrying out rescue operations for the country, lt;br/gt;IN SPITE OF COMPEION, THE CARRIER has not been shaken due to its strong foundation, years of hard work, it has remained unscathed. TIME HAS COME TO RECOGNISE ONE OF THE BEST, IF NOT THE BEST AIRLINES IN THE WORLD. The Great Indian FLAGSHIP carrier .... AIR INDIA AND ITS EXCITING PERSONNEL, who work round the clock. WHO HAS DEDICATED THEIR LIFE TO THE AIRLINE. There is no match for their expertise. VIVA AIR INDIA
      1. C
        Mar 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm
        Keep it up!!!! Hope even in other fields they would be given their due share speciallly education so that future citizens/children would be better off not by birth reservations give it to all that group. Jaihind
        1. Deepak Wadhwani
          Mar 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm
          It's a great way to promote equality for women.