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    4 Air India women pilots create history by flying over world's longest air route

    4 Air India women pilots create history by flying over world's longest air route

    4 Air India women pilots create history by flying over world's longest air route
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    The pilots -- Captain Zoya Aggarwal, Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akanksha Sonaware and Captain Shivani -- covered 16,000 km and reportedly saved 10 tonnes of fuel.

    An all-women cockpit crew of Air India scripted history by flying on the world's longest route from San Fransisco to Bengaluru over the North Pole. The pilots -- Captain Zoya Aggarwal, Captain Papagari Thanmai, Captain Akanksha Sonaware and Captain Shivani -- covered 16,000 km and reportedly saved 10 tonnes of fuel.
    Congratulating the pilots, Air India said on Twitter, "Welcome Home Capt Zoya Agarwal, Capt Papagiri Thanmei, Capt Akanksha & Capt Shivani after completing a landmark journey with touchdown at Bengaluru airport. Kudos for making Air India proud. We also congratulate passengers of AI176 for being part of this historic moment."
    Leaders across political lines hailed the pilots for their landmark achievement. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "In a moment to cherish and celebrate, women professionals of Indian civil aviation create history. Heartiest Congratulations to Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware & Capt Shivani for flying over North Pole to land in Bengaluru from San Francisco."
    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Congratulations to the all-women cockpit crew for completing Air India’s longest flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru over the North Pole. You have made the country proud."
    It was the inaugural non-stop flight between San Francisco and Bengaluru. The flight was operated with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft with a seating capacity of 238 seats, including eight First Class, 35 Business Class,195 Economy class configuration besides four cockpits and 12 cabin crew.
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