An all-female flight crew for Air India has completed an epic journey that circumvented the globe. In doing so, the airline says, the crew has set a world record by becoming the first female crew to pull a Magellan in the skies. Flight AI 174 touched down in New Delhi on Friday, returning to where it had begun its historic flight. The crew took the Boeing 777 out of New Delhi five days earlier and flew direct, over the Pacific Ocean, to San Francisco, where it touched down and completed the first leg of the trip. The Twitter feed for San Francisco International Airport posted some photos commemorating the moment.
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After a mandatory resting period, the flight crew got back on the 777 and lifted off for home, this time flying over the Atlantic Ocean. Upon the completion of the historic flight, Air India posted about the feat on its Facebook page.
“Air India scripted history by flying an all-women crew flight around the world,” the statement read. “The flight was in the safe hands of Capt. Sunita Narula, Capt. Kshamta Bajpai, Capt. Indira Singh and Capt. Gunjan Aggarwal. The all-women cabin crew was led by Ms. Seema Baberwal and Ms. Nishrin Bandulwala. The entire flight was operated by the women staff of eight departments.” The airline went on to say that even the flight’s ground crew, air traffic controllers and engineers were all women. CNN reports that Air India applied to Guinness World records for certification and organized the flight to roughly coincide with International Women’s Day, which is on March 8.
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