Air India to take ‘ Santa’s short-cut’ to North America on Independence Day


Air India, on August 15 (India’s Independence Day), will start flying from New Delhi to San Francisco over the North Pole, marking a new milestone. Air India will become the first Indian airline to do so. However, Air India had, in 2007, sent a Boeing 777 over the polar region.

The airline operates flights between India and North America over the Atlantic and Pacific routes, but this will be the first time its plane will be flying over the polar region.

“Polar routes between India and North American destinations are yet to be utilised. Situated on opposite sides of the Northern Hemisphere India and North America would benefit immensely by using existing North Polar routes for commercial air operons,” the airline said in a release.

Captain Rajneesh Sharma and Captain Digvijay Singh will pilot Boeing 777 to San Francisco. Read More

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