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Civil Aviation Minister felicitates all-women crew of Delhi-SFO flight on International Women’s Day

The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati felicitated the all-women crew of Air India that flew around the world on the Delhi-SFO flight, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2017, in New Delhi on March 08, 2017.

It was indeed exciting and no less sensational that Air India with the aim of creating a new world record decided to operate a flight around the world with an all-women crew, notably just a few days ahead of the International Women’s Day.

 The flight AI 173 had earlier taken off from IGI Airport in Delhi on 27th February to San Francisco covering a distance of around 15300 km in 15 and a half hours over the Pacific route and on the return journey from San Francisco over the Atlantic.

The flight was in the safe hands of Capt. Sunita Narula, Capt. Kshamta Bajpai, Capt. Indira Singh and Capt. Gunjan Aggarwal. The all-women cabin crew was led by Ms. Seema Baberwal and Ms. Nishrin Bandulwala. The entire flight was operated by the women staff of eight departments. These departments included Cockpit crew, 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. Line operation safety audit was done by Harpreet A De Singh, ED Flight Safety, Air India. This is the first time that this audit was done by a female officer in around the world trip.

An Air India spokesperson said the airline has already applied for a Guinness World Record and Limca Book of Records for this feat.

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