AI173 Air India (New Delhi - San Francisco) flight in women's hands
To celebrate International Women's Day, Air India has decided to leave its longest flight in women's hands. On the AI173 Air India flight, which was operated on 6 March 2016 between New Delhi and San Francisco, a 100% female crew was used. It consisted of 4 female pilots and 10 on board companions.
The aircraft Boeing 777-200LR took off at 02: 35 from New Delhi and landed at 06: 00 in San Francisco. This is the world record for the longest flight operated by a 100% female crew. Moreover, all the preparations for the AI173 Air India flight were managed by women: air control, ground operations, etc.
On March 8, Air India plans to operate 22 flights with 100% female crews. With all these successes, Air India will enter the record book.
The route New Delhi - San Francisco was inaugurated on 2 December 2015. It is operated without competition, using Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. There are weekly flights (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) operated after the following schedule: AI flight 173 will take off from Delhi (DEL) to 02: 35 and will land in San Francisco (SFO) at 06: 00; return flight AI 174 will take off at 10: 30 from San Francisco and arrive in Delhi around 16: 15, the next day.