Air India Sets a New World Record For International Women’s Day 2016

Air India set a new world record yesterday operating the longest flight staffed by all women. The entire crew, including the pilots, doctor, traffic control and ground staff were run fully by females.

The flight departed from Delhi and landed in San Francisco on 6 March, and returned home to Delhi 17 hours later, right in time to celebrate International Women’s Day. Led by Captain Kshamta Bajpayee and Captain Shubhangi Singh, the flight took a 14,500 kilometer route.

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The proud crew

“The airline has immense respect for women and it would be a symbol of women empowerment,” said Ashwini Lohani, the CMD of Air India.

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The record received much praise from the media all around the world

Air India has long shown its support for women. The airline first began operating all-women flights in 1985, on a domestic route from Calcutta to Silchair.  Air India is said to currently have 3,765 female employees, from pilots to security personnel.

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Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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