It’s the era of women. The achievement is led by captain Zoya Agarwal, an all-women pilot team of national carrier Air India. The team is set to create history by flying over the North Pole from San Francisco to Bengaluru, covering a distance of about 16,000 kilometers. Though Air India pilots have flown over polar route earlier also, it is for the first time a team women pilots will fly over the North Pole.
The flight, AI 176, leave San Francisco at 2030 hrs. (local time) on January 9 and arrive at Bengaluru at 0345 hrs. (local time) on January 11. This is said to be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by the national carrier or any other airline in India.
Reportedly, Zoya is an ace pilot with an experience of more than 8,000 flying hours. The longest flight over the North Pole will be another feather in her cap as she was the youngest woman pilot to fly a Boeing-777 in 2013.
Narrating her experience, she 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.”
We wish the team all the best and pray for their safe action…