- A group of four female cockpit crew members made history as they completed a 17-hour-long journey on Monday
- The flight covered an incredible distance of more than 13 840 kilometres
- It is also the first flight from South India to have connected directly to the United States
It was a proud moment for India and women in general as an all-female pilot crew completed the longest non-stop commercial flight ever by an Indian airline.
The group of four cockpit crew members made history as they completed a 17-hour-long journey on Monday, 11 January, on the Air India flight 176, a Boeing 777.
The flight is also the first from South India to have connected directly to the United States.
According to CNN, the plane departed from San Francisco and arrived in Bengaluru, Southern India early on Monday after covering a distance of more than 13 840 kilometres.
The airline's Twitter account shared the joy with fans congratulating the team for a job well done and making the airline proud.
"Welcome Home, Capt Zoya Agarwal, Capt Papagiri Thanmei, Capt Akanksha & Capt Shivani after completing a landmark journey. Kudos for making Air India proud. We also congratulate the passengers of AI176 for being part of this historic moment," the tweet read.
The Indian aviation sector is said to put a lot of effort into ensuring that women are given the opportunity in becoming pilots. About 12% of the county's pilot are reportedly women and that makes it the highest percentage in the world, according to the Centre for Aviation.
Back in 2017, the airline made an application for a Guinness World Record after completing the first-ever round-the-world flight conducted by an all-female crew. The Boeing 777LR plane flew 15,000 kilometres from New Delhi to San Francisco as part of events to mark the International Women's Day scheduled for March 8.
Every official involved in the flight was female, including the captain, cabin crew, ground crew and check-in staff.
In similar news, Briefly.co.za previously reported on a mother and daughter who made history as they piloted a Skywest Airlines Flight. A woman identified as Captain Suzy Garrett and her daughter, Donna, have set a record by becoming the first mother-daughter pair in history to pilot a commercial Skywest Airlines flight together.
The disclosure was made by The Female Influencer on LinkedIn, which shared an adorable picture of the two ladies in the cockpit.
According to The Female Influencer, Suzy was one of the first dozen female pilots hired at Skywest and has been flying there for over 30 years.
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