Long haul flight with all women crew: Air India sets world record

The all women crew of AI173 Image credit: facebook

National carrier Air India keeps featuring in the news for reasons it had rather not. This time round though, it seems to be making the headlines for all the right reasons. AI flew a long haul New Delhi – San Francisco service on March 5th crewed only by women. The airline carried out the initiative on the occasion of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on March 8th every year.

The all women flight, AI173 resulted in a new world record of being the longest operated flight by an all women crew – including pilots, cabin crew, flight engineers and dispatchers, check-in, customer care, as well as ground activities and ATC. The aircraft was piloted by Captains Kshamata Bajpayee and Shubhangi Singh along with first officers Captain Amrit Namdhari and Ramya Gupta.

Team AI Image Credit: facebook
Team AI
Image Credit: facebook

The 17 hour non-stop journey handled by these able officers was in support of the efforts of the airline towards the causes of women empowerment and respect for women – and International Women’s Day turned out to be the perfect occasion to script history in the skies.

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