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
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.