Air India’s Women Pilots Create History With 17-Hour Flight From San Francisco To B’luru

Bengaluru: The all women cockpit crew of Air India’s first direct non-stop flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru has created history by completing the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by Air India or any other airline in India.

The AI176 flight operated by an all women cockpit crew of Capt Zoya Agarwal (P1), Capt Papagari Thanmei (P1), Capt Akansha Sonaware (P2) and Capt Shivani Manhas (P2) flew from San Franciso over the North Pole to land at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on Monday.

The over 17-hour flight left San Francisco on Saturday (January 9) at 8.30 PM (local time) and arrived here at 3.25 AM on Monday (January 11). Notably, the direct distance between Bengaluru and San Francisco is approximately 13,993 km and the cities are diametrically at opposite ends of the world with a time zone change of about 13.5 hours.

Soon after the landing of the flight, Air India took to Twitter stating, “Welcome Home Capt Zoya Agarwal, Capt Papagiri Thanmei, Capt Akanksha & Capt Shivani after completing a landmark journey with touchdown @BLRAirport. Kudos for making Air India proud. We also congratulate passengers of AI176 for being part of this historic moment.”

“In a moment to cherish & celebrate, women professionals of Indian civil aviation create history. Heartiest Congratulations to Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware & Capt Shivani for flying over North Pole to land in Bengaluru from San Francisco,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted.