Setting sights on making a new world record, Air India operated a flight around the world that carried an all-women crew, ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8. The flight that took off for San Francisco from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi on February 27, returned today after completing it’s journey around the world.
An Air India source told PTI, that the aircraft (Boeing 777-200LR), flew over the Pacific Ocean last week and reached San Francisco on its onward journey. While on it’s way back, it flew over the Atlantic Ocean, thereby encircling the globe.
According to an Air India spokesperson, the airline has already applied for Guinness World Record and Limca Book of Records for this flight. Air India also becomes the first Indian carrier to operate on the Pacific Ocean route which has reduced the total flying duration by three hours.According to Air India, barring the cockpit and cabin crew, the check-in and ground handling staff, and even the engineers who certified the aircraft were all women. Also the Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) who cleared the arrival and departure of the aircraft were women.
Celebrating the International Women’s Day which is observed on March 8 every year, Air India has decided to operate similar ‘all-women’ flights on its domestic and international routes.