Friday, June 09, 2023

Air India Operates All-Women Flight To Jeddah, Happy Pictures Surface From Airport

A first-of-its-kind all-women Haj flight was successfully completed by Air India Express on Thursday. Air India reports that IX 3025, which was carrying 145 female pilgrims, left Kozhikode at 6.45 PM and arrived in Jeddah at 10.45 AM. It was the first flight for female pilgrims leaving Kerala without a male travel partner (mehram). The flight was flagged off by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs John Barla.

The flight’s pilot Kanika Mehra, a Punjab native was assisted by co-pilot Garima Passi. Darpana Rana, Sushama Sharma, MB Bijita, and Subhangi Biswas made up the four members of the cabin crew. There will be 16 flights from Kerala to the Haj that are exclusively for women – 12 from Karipur, 3 from Kannur, and 1 from Kochi. According to The Hindu, up to 2,733 women over the age of 45 are making the pilgrimage to Mecca alone this year from Kerala.

According to Tata Group-owned Air India, women make up over 40% of the company’s workforce. Air India is one of the airlines with the largest percentage of female pilots, with 825 out of 1825 pilots or around 15% of the cockpit crew being female. Additionally, there were women working as ground handlers and welcoming the pilgrims.


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