Mumbai/New Delhi: National carrier Air India will operate 11 flights with an
all-women's crew on International Women's Day Tuesday, including
an ultra-long haul service, an airline official said.
The ultra-long haul flight from New Delhi to Toronto will be the
second time in two years that the airline is operating it with an
all-women crew, the official said in Mumbai.
To be flagged off by Civil Aviation Secretary Nazim Zaidi from
Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, AI-187 will
be commanded by Capt. Rashmi Miranda with Capt. Sunita Narula, and
first officers Varsha Sheoran and Nidhi Suri. Harpreet A. De,
head, quality management systems, will carry out a line
observation safety audit and the flight would be despatched by
The other scheduled flights, with an all-women crew, include:
AI409/410 on Delhi-Patna-Delhi sector, AI-469 on Delhi-Raipur-Nagpur-Delhi
route, AI-811/812 on Delhi-Lucknow-Delhi route, AI-603/604 on
Mumbai-Bangalore-Mumbai sector, AI-569/167 on
Chennai-Mumbai-Chennai sector, AI804/506 on
Bangalore-Delhi-Bangalore sector, and Air India Express flight
IX302 on Kozhikode-Mumbai sector.
Air India has been operating all-women's crew flight from November
1985, when Saudamini Deshmukh and Nivedita Bhasin operated a
Fokker aircraft flight from Kolkata to Silchar, followed by a jet
flight from Mumbai to Goa in 1989.
Air India had organised an all-women crew's flight on a Boeing
777-200LR plane for a non-stop flight between Mumbai and New York
on March 8, 2010, while the flag-carrier also operated a record 22
all-women's crew flights across domestic and international
Meanwhile, as part of the celebrations for the Women's Day and
aviation centenary year, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi and
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni would facilitate
women pilots and entrepreneurs in the field of aviation, a civil
avaiation ministry release in New Delhi said.
Of its total workforce of 5,300 women employees, AI has a total
contingent of 157 women pilots flying its fleet of wide and narrow
body aircraft on international and domestic routes, the official