San Francisco/Bengaluru: Touching the skies literally, an all-women pilot team of Air India will be flying across the North Pole covering a distance of 16,000 kms. The all women pilot team will be flying on the world’s longest air route from San Francisco which will ultimately reach Bengaluru on January 9.
“Flying through the North Pole is very challenging and airline companies send their best and experienced pilots on this route. This time Air India has given responsibilities to a woman captain for the journey from San Francisco to Bengaluru via polar route,” an Air India official said.
Zoya Agarwal, Air India Captain, and who will be commanding the flight and her team expressed her excitement and eagerness to begin the historic flight. “Most people in the world will not see the North Pole or even its map in their lifetime. I truly feel privileged and humbled by the trust posed in me by the civil aviation ministry and our flag carrier. It is a golden opportunity to command a Boeing 777 inaugural SFO – BLR, one of the world’s longest flight over the North Pole,” said Zoya Agarwal.
According to aviation experts, flying over the North Pole is extremely technical and requires skill and experience. “The thrill of actually realising that you will be passing the North pole where the compass will flip 180 degrees, something which is fascinating indeed,” Captain Zoya said while speaking to ANI about the experience.