Meet the Air India crew that circumnavigated the globe

The Air India flight took 14-and-a-half hours to cover the mammoth 15,300 kilometre distance between Delhi and San Francisco

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2016 10:13 am
air india, air india non stop flight, delhi to san francisco, delhi to SF flight, delhi san francisco flight, air india flight, delhi to SF non stop flight, longest non stop flight The crew of Air India that flew from Delhi to San Francisco in the world’s longest non-stop flight

The photograph you see above is of the proud crew of Air India that flew from New Delhi to San Francisco in what is considered now to be the world’s longest non-stop flight. The flight took 14-and-a-half hours to cover the mammoth 15,300 kilometre distance and essentially circumnavigating the globe. The crew took off at 4 am on October 16 from Delhi reaching their destination in the US at 6 am the same day, trudging briefly into October 15 as they crossed the International Date Line.

The Del-SFO route was initially second on the table of longest non-stop flights, behind the Dubai-Auckland flight operated by Emirates. But Air India was able to jump over Emirates by changing the direction of travel towards San Francisco, by soaring over the Pacific instead of the Atlantic. In doing so, the national flag carrier managed to clock a greater distance in lesser time. A senior official of the airline had told the Times of India that flying east for the pilots was easier as they had the help of strong tailwinds that can potentially increase the aircraft’s ground speed. The return leg from SF to Delhi takes the earlier Atlantic route.

It is said that Air India, that uses a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, would be able to save up on fuel with the shorter flight time as well. The carrier uses around 9,600 litres of fuel after every hour of flying.

Reports say the Air India record is likely to be broken soon as Singapore Airlines plans to bring back the Singapore-New York flight, which will undertake the journey in a whopping 19 hours.

Some of the other non-stop flights are Dallas-Sydney of Qantas, Johannesburg-Atlanta of Delta Airlines and Abu Dhabi-Los Angeles of Etihad.

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    AB CD
    Oct 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm
    No matter what Air India will do, but it will not improve service until it is public. Air India should be privatized. Air India has full history of white colored crimes and corruption. lt;br/gt;I will include one of the example. .lt;br/gt;Actually Sanjay Gupta has looted more than 18 millions, but Air India could not prove it in court of law due to lake of Internal control.
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    T DUTTA
    Oct 26, 2016 at 9:45 am
    ACCORDING TO A MEDICAL ARTICLE SITTING CONTINUOSLY FOR 16 HOURS OR SO MAY DEVELOP CLOTTING AND CIRCULATION PROBLEMS BESIDES OTHER PROBLEMS---most of the pengers travel sitting and some movement after 7 or 8 hours may be desirable
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    T DUTTA
    Oct 26, 2016 at 9:05 am
    ONE STOP IS GOOD FOR AGED AND SICK PEOPLE---FOR THEM CONTINUOS 15 HOURS JOURNEY MAY NOT BE DESIRABLE---WHY NOT STOP SOMEWHERE FOR 2 HOURS?--pengers can get down and again come back to the aircraft---this FORCED EXERCISE may be good
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    Ebrahim
    Oct 26, 2016 at 7:33 am
    Air India is a very old Airlines The Maharaja in Air and shall maintain its Domain in the skies..Keep it up Air India for a challenging route more to see in future.
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    subramanian k.p.
    Oct 26, 2016 at 6:51 am
    CONGRATULATIONS. KEEP IT UP. WE INDIANS ARE PROUD OF YOU TO ACHIEVE THIS I SHALL TRY THIS WHEN I VISIT USA IN NEAR FUTURE.
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    Manoj
    Oct 26, 2016 at 5:19 am
    Congratulations !!! Another great achievement after Indian Army team wins gold medal in gruelling Cambrian compeion
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    mathimathi
    Oct 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm
    THIS AIR INDIA CREW COULD BE CONTACT IN AMERICAN ENGLISH WITH SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT FOR LANDING . ALL AIR INDIA CREWS WOULD NOT BE CONTACTED THROUGH A HRD MINISTER CBSE DEAD LANGUAGE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD EVEN IN A TINY NATION SINGAPORE.
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    rajannair
    Oct 26, 2016 at 6:02 am
    congratulations Air India..one thing more ..this is the only airline in the world who appoint sixty plus aunties as air hostess..that too they are so arrogant ..we can rename them AIR AUNTIES...
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