Photo: Ahead of International Women’s Day, Air India created history by flying around the world with an all-women crew. The flight took off from New Delhi to San Francisco and returned after journeying around the globe.
The Guinness World Records world record for the Farthest flight by a commercial aircraft was set by A Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, which flew 11,664 nautical miles (21,601.7 km or 13,422.7 miles) non-stop and without refuelling from Hong Kong to London, UK from 9 to 10 November 2005 in 22 hr 42 min, the longest flight ever by an unmodified commercial aircraft.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the first crossing of the North Atlantic by air; it was made by Lt Cdr (later Rear Admiral) Albert Cushing Read (1887-1967) and his crew (Stone, Hinton, Rodd, Rhoads and Breese) in the 155 km/h (84-knot) US Navy/Curtiss flying-boat NC-4 from Trepassey Harbor, Newfoundland, Canada via the Azores, to Lisbon, Portugal from 16-27 May 1919.
Check-in and ground handling staff, the engineers who certified the aircraft and the air traffic controllers who authorized the departure and arrival of the plane were also all women, the company said.
Air India says it will operate other flights with all-women teams as part of International Women’s day, celebrated on 8 March of every year.
Last year the state-owned carrier said it had flown a non-stop flight for 17 hours to set a record for the longest all-female crew trip. In recent years Air India has taken several initiatives to improve its record on gender equality.
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.