AI flight from Delhi-San Francisco operated by All Women Crew

 To mark “International Women’s Day”, the Indian national carrier ‘Air India’ successfully landed the world’s longest 100% women operated flight from India Gandhi International Airport in Delhi to the San Francisco International Airport in California, on Monday, 6 March 2016.

Captain Kshamta Bajpayee and captain Shubhangi Singh along with First Officers Ramya Kirti Gupta and Captain Amrit Namdhari pose ahead of their flight at a function in New Delhi.

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Captain Kshamta Bajpayee and Capt Shubhangi Singh along with
First Officers Ramya Kirti Gupta and Capt Amrit Namdhari

According to the airlines, the Air India flight AI 173 to San Francisco traveled close to 14,500 kilometres for a continuous 17 hours to mark the International Women’s Day. The non-stop flight took off from Delhi on March 6. Air India said in a press release: “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 CMD Ashwani Lohani said the airliner has made history as this is “the longest operated by all-women crew”. He added, “the airline has immense respect for women and it is a symbol of women empowerment.” Before taking off from Delhi, Captain Ramya Kirti Gupta said, “It’s a proud moment. It’s a 17-hour flight that we are taking, covering 14,600 km with a ground speed of 1200 km. per hour.”

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Captain Shubhangi Singh said, “You need to work hard. There is no shortcut to success. I come from a modest family and without any aviation background. I am overwhelmed to be a part of an all-women crew in the history of aviation. It’s a long flight covering various countries; there are several procedures that we’d have to keep in mind.”

The flight AI 173 was commanded by Captain Kshamta Bajpayee and Captain Shubhangi Singh, along with First Officers Ramya Kirti Gupta and Amrit Namdhari. Air India currently has a total of 3,800 women employees, which includes pilots, cabin crew, engineers, technicians, doctors, security personnel and executives.

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  1. Wow, this is amazing, incredible and breathe taking achievement of Indian ladies.Truly your guts and courage is admired by people around the world. For your information, WASHINGTON POST, a leading daily newspaper in Washington, DC. carried your picture on March 7, 2016. The paper is read by tens of thousand people in the area. Also in today’s EXPRESS (a publication of The Washington Post newspaper), has your picture on page 20. The caption is “One of a few non-crappy Women’s Day ideas: Air India operates the longest flight ever crewed by only women.” And then it states “NIRAJC on the world’s largest continuous flight with an all-female crew, a 14,500 kilometer trip that began in India on Sunday and landed in California on Monday, according to Mashable. The milestone by Air India was one of the many stunts, gimmicks and genuine celebrations to mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday. I am sure newspapers around the world has published a unique article on this unique AIR INDIA flight. Congratulations to each of you. A job Well done!!

    Alfie, please pass on my message to Air India. Thanks.

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