Air India(L-R) First Officers Captain Amrit Namdhari, Captain Kshamta Bajpayee, Captain Shubhangi Singh and First Officers Captain Ramya Kirti Gupta.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Air India Flight 173 took off on Sunday from Delhi to San Francisco, with an all-female crew, making it the longest flight staffed entirely by women in history.

The flight, which travelled a distance of around 14,500 kilometre in close to 17 hours, was operated as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

The non-stop Delhi-San Francisco flight took off from Delhi on March 6.

“This year for the first time, on the world’s longest non-stop flight, entire flight operations from cockpit crew to cabin crew, check-in staff, doctor, customer care staff, ATC (air traffic control) and the entire ground-handling… were handled by women,” Air India said in a release.

 Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said it was a historic flight and “the longest operated by all-women crew”. “The airline has immense respect for women and it is a symbol of women empowerment,” he added.

The flight was under the command of Kshamta Bajpayee and Shubhangi Singh, along with First Officers Ramya Kirti Gupta and Amrit Namdhari.

The carrier has about 3,800 women employees, including pilots, cabin crew, engineers, technicians, doctors, security personnel and executives.

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