Sharmili Mallick

New Delhi: All-women cockpit crew will operate Air India's inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight on Saturday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.

The Air India flight will fly on Saturday over the North Pole, taking the Atlantic route to reach Bengaluru, a senior official of the airline said.

All women cockpit crew consisting of Capt Zoya Aggarwal, Capt Papagari Thanmai, Capt Akansha Sonaware & Capt Shivani Manhas will operate the historic inaugural flight between Bengaluru & San Francisco, Puri said on Twitter.

The aerial distance between San Francisco and Bengaluru is is 13,993 kms approx, which is one of the longest in the world.

Air India's woman power flies high around the world, added Puri.

Captain Zoya Aggarwal is an accomplished pilot with a flying experience of more than 8,000 flying hours. She has command experience in a B-777 aircraft of more than 10 years and more than 2,500 flying hours.

The flight will connect two global tech hubs - the original Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru. The non-stop flight, AI 176, between San Francisco and Bengaluru will operate on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

The inaugural flight AI176 will depart from San Francisco in the USA at 8.30 pm (local time) on Saturday and it will land at the Kempegowda International Airport at 3.45 am (local time) on January 11 i.e. Monday.

It will operate with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft VT ALG and have a seating capacity of 238 passengers, including eight first class, 35 business class,195 economy class configuration, besides four cockpit and 12 cabin crew.

(With PTI)