Air India’s longest direct flight between Bengaluru and San Francisco to have all-women cockpit crew: Report

An all-women cockpit crew is set to fly Air India’s longest non-stop service between Bengaluru and San Francisco (SFO), which starts on January 9.

A senior AI official told The Times of India that each pair of pilots will “operate the ultra-long flights by turn, along with a senior woman commander as our head of flight safety.”

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

The aircraft will be piloted by AI’s highly experienced Captains — Akanksha Sonwane, Shivani Manhas, Thanmai Papagari and Zoya Agrawal; and the crew also includes AI’s Executive Director of flight safety, Captain Nivedita Bhasin, the report said.

The crew operated Delhi-SFO via the Pacific route on January 6, which is about 1,000 km less distance than the shortest Bengaluru-SFO route. Choice of route usually depends on tailwind and headwind conditions.

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