Saturday, March 11, 2017

AI’s Vineeta from Bhopal flies into aviation record book

Bhopal: Air hostess with national carrier, Air India, Vineeta Shakya of Bhopal was a part of all women globe-trotter team that scripted history by flying an all-women crew flight around the world. The 16-member crew that took off on February 27 from New Delhi flew to San Francisco, and returned on March 3, covering 13 times zones over Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Air India had commissioned Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with its only women team to mark the International Women' Day. Right from the pilot to technical and non-technical staff on the aircraft were women, and was the first time they were assigned the task of flying 32,000 kms in about a week.
"Since it was the first time that the flight was being handled by women for such a long trip with an eye on record, crew aboard was excited for the adventure," said the 32-year-old airhostess who has been with the airlines for last 12 years. She has had the opportunity of flying with VVIPs including Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his foreign trips.
With the travel time of 15 hours and ten minutes, the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft covered 15,300 kms from Delhi- San Francisco at a speed of more than 1,000 kms/hour. The flight while on its way to create history traversed 13 time zones, claimed the AI authorities. On return, the aircraft covered nearly 14,000 kms and took 15 and half hours. Because of the wind pattern, on return the flight took more time, the authorities added.
11/03/17 Ramendra Singh/Times of India