Friday, February 17, 2017

AI lines up an all-woman, round-the-world flight

To fly to San Francisco from Delhi, Air India flies eastwards over the Pacific, making a 15,300km journey, which happens to be the world's longest non-stop route to be operated by any airline. To return to Delhi, it flies over the Atlantic. The to and fro route between Delhi and San Francisco then circumnavigates the globe. That exclusivity, combined with the fact that the national carrier employs a number of women pilots, engineers and flight dispatchers will be put to judicious use by Air India this Women's Day, in an attempt to fly into the Guinness record books.
Operating flights manned (pun unintended) solely by women crew to celebrate Women's Day is a decades-old practice with the national carrier. What is new this year is that it will involve an all-woman crew, around-the-world flight.
"On February 27, 4.30am, AI's Delhi-SFO-Delhi flight will take off with an all-woman crew. On ground too it will be readied exclusively by women as employees from eight departments, including pilots, engineers, dispatchers and flight safety officials will come together to operate the flight,'' said an Air India spokesperson.
"We have written to Guinness world records and Limca world records about the event. Each flight will also have on board two women achievers, apart from regular passengers,'' said the spokesperson, adding that the two-day Women's Day flights will begin on February 26 with all-woman crew flights to be operated from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai to destinations like New York, London, Dubai, Singapore and Sydney. On March 8, Women's Day, AI will operate the Delhi-New York all-woman crew flight.
17/02/17 The Times Of India

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