Indian all-women pilot team creates history, flies world’s longest direct route
The all-women Indian pilot team commanded a flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru
Indian women have once again showed that they are ready to take on the best in the world. An all-woman pilot flight successfully landed in Bengaluru on Monday after taking off from San Francisco becoming the longest direct route flight in the world, an India.com report said.
The inaugural flight AI 176 departed from San Francisco in the USA at 8.30 pm (local time) on Saturday and landed at the Kempegowda International Airport at 3.45 am (local time) on Monday. The flight was commanded by Captain Zoya Aggarwal flew over the North Pole and covered about 16,000 kilometres.
“Today, we created world history by not only flying over the North Pole but also by having all women pilots who successfully did it. We are extremely happy and proud to be part of it,” Captain Zoya Aggarwal exclaimed. The flight that Zoya Aggarwal commanded, consisted of Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas.
In a message for Indian women, Aggarwal said, “Women should have self-belief even if they face societal pressure and not consider any task impossible.” and added that her experienced woman team must be credited for creating the history of sorts.
“The Bharat Ki Betis are flying all the way from Silicon Valley of the US to the Silicon Valley of India,” Aggarwal added explaining that it is the first time an all-women pilots team has flown over the North Pole and create a history of sorts, adding that It’s indeed a dream come true for any professional pilot.
On their achievement to fly over the North Pole, Captain Aggarwal continued “Till now we have been operating the ultra-long-haul flights, however, those flights could be flying over the Atlantic Ocean, and coming back, or over the Pacific Ocean and coming back over the Atlantic.” However, this flight flown by an all-women pilot team is particularly different because they flew over the North Pole which is a new chapter in aviation history, Aggarwal substantiated.