Air India operates 22 all-women crew flights to mark Women's Day
National carrier Air India today created history of sorts when, at a little past midnight last night, the first all-women crew ultra long-haul Boeing 777-200 LR non-stop flight from Mumbai to New York was flagged off by Civil Aviation Secretary Madhavan Nambiar.
Flight AI 141 was the first of 22 all-women crew flights operated by the airline across its domestic and international network to mark the centenary of International Women's Day today.
Capt. Rashmi Miranda and Capt. Sunita Narula were the Commanders on AI 141, along with Capt. Swati Rawal and Capt. Neha Kulkarni as First Officers. Mrs Harpreet A De. Singh, Head-QMS carried out a Line Observation Safety Audit. The flight was despatched by Ms. Nandita Deshpande and the Load and Trim Sheet was prepared by Ms. Ferzin Kuruvilla. The duration of this flight is approximately 14 hours and was operated with two sets of crew.
An Air India press release said the airline had 136 women pilots flying its fleet on international and domestic routes. Hundreds of women are also employed as cabin crew, flight despatchers, aircraft maintenance engineers, safety and quality auditors, doctors, technical officers, simulator maintenance engineers, ground instructors for training pilots and so on.
Women constitute nearly 19 per cent of the total workforce of National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL), the company formed in 2007 to run Air India after its merger with Indian Airlines.
According to the release, all women crew operated five other flights on international sectors today. These were the Airbus A330 flight AI 801 on the Mumbai – Jeddah sector operated by Capt. M Bedi and Capt. Sonia, the Airbus A310 flights AI 815/816 on the Hyderabad-Dammam-Chennai sectors flown by Capt. Trisha Mohan and Capt. Thanmai Papagari, and flights IC 573/574 on the Chennai – Colombo – Chennai route operated by Capt. Deepa and Capt. Sonia Jain.
On the domestic sectors, the Western Region had six flights – IC 686/IC 614 (Mumbai - Ahmedabad – Mumbai), IC105 / IC 106 (Mumbai – Bangalore – Mumbai) and IC 129 / IC 130 (Mumbai - Nagpur - Mumbai).
Capt. S. Deshmukh, Capt. Sangita Bangar and Capt. L. Nagrath were the Commanders and Capt. Rikita Singh, Capt. Deepali Pratape and Capt. Aprajita Lal were First Officers, respectively. The flights were despatched by Ms. Anjali Dhiman and the Load and Trim Sheets were prepared by Ms. Archana Patki.
Similarly, the airline’s Northern Region had as many as 10 all-women crew flights. These were IC 688/866 (Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi) by Capt K.Kant and Capt Shefali; IC 869 (Delhi-Raipur-Nagpur-Delhi) by Capt Avantika and Capt Deeksha; IC 409/410 (Delhi-Patna-Delhi) by Capt Renu and Capt S.Trehan; IC 879 (Delhi-Bagdogra-Guwahati-Delhi) by Capt N.Karmarkar and Capt K.Kaur ; IC 903/904 (Bangalore-Delhi-Bangalore) by Capt Priya and Capt Niranjana; IC 865 (Delhi-Mumbai) by Capt Manjit and Capt Neelam and AI 349 (Delhi-Mumbai) by Capt N.Bhasin and Capt Papory. Ms Babita Agarwal and Deepika Mathur prepared the Check Sheet and Ms Rita Chandra prepared the Trim Sheet.
Ms. Neetu Sharma who is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) on the B737-800, in Air India Express, certified an aircraft at Sharjah. Lady Doctors Dr Varsha Sawant and Dr Alka Mathur carried out the breathalyzer tests at Mumbai, the release added.