Air India marks International Women’s Day by flying ‘All Women Operated’ flights

Celebrating International Women’s Day in a historic way, Air India is flying more than ten all women crew flights on its international and domestic routes from 26th February to 08th March 2017. On this occasion, the incredible women of Air India operated all type of wide and narrow body aircraft in its fleet. Not only this, Air India is going to organize a unique tour from Delhi to Agra for those women who have never flown in spite of their engagement with aviation sector from many years. In the series to create history, Air India operated round the world flight on Delhi-SFO-Delhi sector. To celebrate this achievement, a ceremony was organized and crew members of these flights were felicitated by the Air India.

The non-stop flight from Delhi to SFO travelled via the Pacific Ocean and returned via the Atlantic Ocean completing around trip of the world with 16 crew members and 250 passengers on-board. With the travelling time of 15 hours and ten minutes, the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft covered 15,300 kms from Delhi- SFO at a speed of more than 1000 kms/hour. The flight while on its way to create history traversed 13 time zones. On return, the aircraft covered nearly 14000 kms and took 15 and half hours. Because of the wind pattern, on return the flight took more time.

Upon landing at San Francisco, the crew was ushered into a grand reception where they shared their record breaking flying experience. During the evening, a fashion show was organized with the crew walking the ramp, quite a special moment for them and later spoke to the audience about their historic flight.

Mr. Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India said, “Each person and every society must respect women. It is a moment of absolute pride and honor for Air Indians that our women employees are writing their names in the annals of the aviation sector on a global scale. I would like to congratulate our women crew on creating history by operating first ever all women operated flight around the world and other flight on various routes.”


Speaking further on Joyride he said” This initiative is being taken so that people working in the sector for long years get a chance to fly. There are many who might have gone into an aircraft but never flown on this we will give them a chance to fly.”

On 28th Feb 2017, the crew in SFO met The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots that promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support. March 01st 2017, a bus full of boisterous crew, great music, lots of dancing, visited to the famed Napa vineyards followed by a great lunch.

March 8th 2017, Air India will be taking around 50 women on ‘Joy ride’ from Delhi to Agra on its ATR-72 aircraft which will be operated and supported by all women crew.


To mark the celebration, Air India is flying more than ten all women crew flights on its international and domestic routes from 26 February to 8 March, as per below details.

S. No Route Date
1 Delhi- San Francisco February 26th
2 Delhi- Katmandu February 26th
3 Kolkata- Singapore February 27th
4 Delhi- Patna February 26th
5 Delhi- Hyderabad February 26th
6 Delhi- Vienna March 1st
7 Delhi- New York March 8th
8 Delhi- London March 8th
9 Delhi- Allahabad March 6th
10 Delhi- Jaipur March 6th
11 ATR Women Special Joyride from Delhi March 8th



Women of Air India in History of Indian Civil Aviation Sector–

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  • In 1956 Ms. Durba Banerjee was inducted as the first woman pilot of Air India (erstwhile Indian Airlines)
  • In 1985 Captain Saudamini Deshmukh commanded the first all women crew flight on an Air India (erstwhile Indian Airlines) Fokker friendship F-27 on the Calcutta-Silchar route. She also commanded the first Boeing all-women crew flight on September 1989 on the Mumbai-Goa sector
  • In 1990 Captain Nivedita Bhasin of Air India (erstwhile Indian Airlines) at 26 became the youngest pilot in civil aviation history to command a jet aircraft
  • In 2016, Capt. Kshamta Bajpai and Capt. Shubhangi Singh along with First Officers Capt. Ramya Kirti Gupta and Capt. Amrit Namdhari became the first women pilots to fly the world’s longest all women operated flight from Delhi- San Francisco
  • In 2017, Capt. Kshamta Bajpai and Capt. Sunita Narula along with First Officers Capt. Indira Singh and Capt. Gunjan Aggarwal became the first women pilots to fly all women supported and operated flight around the world on Delhi-San Francisco

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