New Delhi: To celebrate International Women’s Day, Air India flew the “world’s longest” all-women operated and supported flight from Delhi to San Francisco on 7th March, 2016.
The flight travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometre in close to 17 hours non-stop from Delhi to San Francisco.
“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 etc. were handled by women,” Air India said in a press 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.