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BusinessAll-women crew for Air India’s inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight

All-women crew for Air India’s inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight

Published: 9th Jan 2021 9:54 am

Hyderabad: Air India is writing a new chapter in its history with its first-ever non-stop service between Bengaluru and San Francisco.

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The first flight AI 176 from San Francisco to Bengaluru will operate on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The flight will leave from San Francisco at 8.30 pm (Local Time) on Saturday to arrive at Bengaluru at 3.45 am on January 11, 2021.

The flight will operate with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft VT ALG with a seating capacity of 238 seats including 8 First Class, 35 Business Class,195 Economy class configuration besides 4 Cockpit and 12 Cabin crew. The flight will be operated by an all women Cockpit Crew of Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware and Capt Shivani Manhas, according to an official press release.

Captain Zoya Aggarwal is an accomplished pilot with a flying experience of more than 8000 hrs and command experience in a B-777 aircraft of more than 10 years and more than 2500 flying hours.

The direct distance between Bengaluru and San Francisco is 13,993 kms approx. and the cities are diametrically at opposite ends of the world with a time zone change of approx.13.5 hours.

The total flight time on this route will be of more than 17 hours depending on the wind speed on that particular day.

This will be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by Air India or any other airline in India. Air India is engaging an all-women cockpit crew for this flight. Air India has the highest women employees ratio for an airline in the world. Capt Nivedita Bhasin, Executive Director (Flight Safety), Air India, is also traveling on this flight, the release said.

At present, Air India operates non-stop flights from Delhi to New York, Newark, Washington DC, San Francisco and Chicago and from Mumbai to Newark and New York. Air India also plans to start its first ever non stop service between Hyderabad and Chicago from January 15.

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