In a first of its kind feat for India, Air India has completed a round-the-world flight run entirely by a female crew right from the captain to the check-in staff. With International Women’s Day just round the corner, the timing for this achievement couldn’t have been better. Captained by Kshamata Bajpayee, the flight traversed the New Delhi-San Francisco-New Delhi route covering a distance of around 15,300 km in 15 and a half hours. The flight AI 173 – a Boeing 777-200LR – took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 27 to San Francisco and traveled over the Pacific route and on the return journey from San Francisco over the Atlantic. It returned to Delhi on the evening of Friday, March 4. ALSO SEE 10 airline secrets air-hostesses don’t ever tell you!
According to AI officials, the entire flight was operated by the women staff of eight departments that included cockpit crew, cabin crew, check-in staff, doctor, customer care staff, ATC (air traffic control) and the entire ground staff. For the first time, the line operation safety audit was done by a female officer – Ms Harpreet A De Singh, ED (executive director) Flight Safety, Air India. Air India has filed for the Guinness World Record and plans to operate more such flights this week to celebrate International Women’s Day. Captain Kshamata Bajpayee expressed that this feat is a symbol that shows every male-dominated function can be carried out safely and efficiently by women. DO SEE 14 spectacular photos from an air hostess’ travel diaries that will make you hate your job!
This is not the first time Air India has taken a step promoting gender equality. In 2016, AI had announced that it had flown a non-stop flight for 17 hours to set a record for the longest all-female crew trip. In January this year, Air India had announced designated female-only seats on its domestic flights due to a number of sexual harassment complaints by passengers.
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