To commemorate International Women’s Day, National Carrier Air India is all set to make history with the world’s longest all-women operated and supported flight on one of world’s Non Stop route Delhi- San Francisco. Close to 17 hrs, the flight AI 173 will depart from Delhi on March 6th at 0235 Hrs and land San Francisco at 0600 Hrs.
The historic flight will be under the command of Captain Kshamta Bajpayee and Captain Shubhangi Singh along with First Officers Captain Ramya Kirti Gupta and Captain Amrit Namdhari.
On this momentous occasion the operating crew and support staff was felicitated by the chief guest Ms. Shovana Narayan the famous Kathak danseuses.
Speaking at the felicitation ceremony, Captain Kshamata Bajpayee said, “I feel truly blessed to be part of the Air India family. Only when you wish can you be granted that wish. Only when you dream can that dream come true.
On this special flight Mr. Ashwini Lohani, CMD Air India said “It will be historic flight and longest to be operated by all women crew. The airline has immense respect for women and it would be a symbol of women empoweronment.
Air India celebrates International Women’s Day every year by deploying women crew on its select international and domestic routes. This year for the first time, on the world’s longest nonstop flight the entire flight operations from Cockpit Crew to Cabin crew, Check-In staff, Doctor, Customer Care Staff, ATC and the entire ground handling from operator to technician, Engineer and flight dispatcher and trimmer will be handled by women.
Air India’s mission to contribute its prowess to make women self-reliant, forms a core facet of the national carrier’s corporate responsibility towards its women employees and reflects the “Truly Indian” tradition of showing respect to women. The airline has around 3765 women employees, including women pilots, cabin crew, engineers, technicians, doctors, security personnel and executives.