All-women cockpit crew will operate the inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight on Saturday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.
Captain Zoya Aggarwal, Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akansha Sonaware and Captain Shivani Manhas are part of this cockpit crew and will operate the historic inaugural flight between Bengaluru and San Francisco. The aerial distance between San Francisco and Bengaluru is one of the longest in the world.
The Air India flight will fly over the North Pole, taking the Atlantic route to reach Bengaluru, a senior official of the airline said. The inaugural flight AI176 will depart from San Francisco in the USA at 8.30 pm (local time) on Saturday and it will land at the Kempegowda International Airport at 3.45 am (local time) on Monday.