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Air India All Women Flight Crew Set Flight Record

Daniel Guevarra

March 10, 2010, National carrier Air India created history when at a little past midnight on Monday when the first all-women crew ultra long-haul B777-200LR NonStop flight from Mumbai to New York. Flight AI 141 was the first of the 22 all-women crew flights operated by Air India across its domestic and international network, to mark International Women’s Day. 

Captain Rashmi Miranda and Captain Sunita Narula were the Commanders on AI 141, along with Captain Swati Rawal and Captain Neha Kulkarni as First Officers. Mrs Harpreet A De. Singh, Head-QMS carried out a Line Observation Safety Audit.  

The flight was dispatched by Ms. Nandita Deshpande and the Load and Trim Sheet was prepared by Ms. Ferzin Kuruvilla. The duration of this flight was approximately 14 hours and was operated with two sets of crew.

Air India women crew also operated five other flights on Air India international routes. These were the Airbus A330 flight AI 801 on the Mumbai – Jeddah sector operated by Captain M Bedi and Captain Sonia, the Airbus A310 flights AI 815/816 on the Hyderabad-Dammam-Chennai routes flown by Captain Trisha Mohan and Captain Thanmai Papagari, and flights IC 573/574 on the Chennai – Colombo – Chennai route operated by Captain Deepa and Captain Sonia Jain. 

Air India has a large contingent of 136 women pilots flying its fleet of wide and narrow body aircraft on international and domestic routes. Women constitute nearly 19 per cent of the total workforce of NACIL. In addition Air India has women working in the areas of flight dispatchers, aircraft maintenance engineers, safety and quality auditors, cabin crew, doctors, technical officers, simulator maintenance engineers and ground instructors. All form part of a highly skilled, technically proficient team of women at Air India.

Air India is the national airline of India. Based in the Air India Building in Nariman Point, Mumbai, Air India flies a worldwide network of passenger and cargo services. Air India is the 16th largest airline in Asia, serving 24 destinations worldwide, and, with its affiliated carriers, serves over 100 cities. Air India has codeshare agreements with 13 other international airlines. In October 2010, Air India is expected to join Star Alliance, the world's largest airline alliance.

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