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Air India Creates History, Completes First Ever Round-The-World Flight Crewed Entirely By Women

Published on 7 March, 2017 at 9:23 am By

Setting history, Air India recently finished world’s first ever around-the-world flight run in which the entire crew was women.

The flight was run entirely by an all-woman crew including those on the ground and the check-in counters.

The feat was achieved just ahead of International Women’s Day which is on March 8, and Air India has now also applied for a Guinness World Record to make the historic event official.

The plane was flown by Captain Kshamta Bajpayee and traveled from Delhi to San Francisco.

 

Captain Kshamta Bajpayee (Left) with her co-pilot. Air India

Air India made sure that everyone involved with this flight was female – be it the captain, the ground crew, check-in staff or even the bag handlers and air traffic control dispatchers.



 

Captain Bajpayee flew the Boeing 777-200LR plane to make history and covered a distance of about 9,500 miles in 15-and-a-half hours.

‘The flight is a symbol of women empowerment and it will encourage women to step out of their comfort zone and succeed in male-dominated arenas too. The entire message is actually to encourage young girls who have dreams of getting into the skies as they feel it’s too technical or this is something only men do.” – Captain Kshamata Bajpayee

Calling the flight as a symbol, she then went on to add,

‘This flight is a symbol that every single male-dominated function can be carried out by women safely and efficiently. Only when you wish can you be granted that wish. Only when you dream can that dream come true, it has come true for me.’

To boost more women in the airline industry, Air India had already taken a huge step and pledged to boost recruitment of female staff.

Capt Kshamta Bajpayee (R) with Capt Sunita Narula, Capt Indira Singh, and Capt Gunjan Aggarwal. Air India

It is an admirable initiative taken by Air India, as currently there is just one woman pilot in every 33 pilots around the world.

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