A team of all-women Air India pilots is expected to script history by flying over the North Pole in an effort to cover the longest air route in the world. The flight, commanded by AI Captain Zoya Agarwal, will leave from San Francisco and reach Bengaluru after flying over the North Pole and covering a distance of 16,000 kilometres.
Talking to ANI Captain Zoya Agarwal said, “Most people in the world will not see the North Pole or even its map in their lifetime. I feel truly feel privileged and humbled by the trust posed in me by the civil aviation ministry and our flag carrier. It is a golden opportunity to command a Boeing 777 inaugural SFO-BLR, one of the world’s longest flight over the North Pole.”
Talking about her team she said, “I am extremely proud to have with me experienced women team comprising Captains Thanmai Papagari, Akanksha Sonawane and Shivani Manhas. This is the first time an all-women pilots team will fly over the North Pole and create a history of sorts. It’s indeed a dream come true for any professional pilot."
However, this is not the first accomplishment for Captain Agarwal, who became the youngest woman to ever fly a Boeing-777 in 2013.
"This time Air India has given responsibilities to a woman captain for the journey from San Francisco to Bengaluru via polar route," the official said.