Air­line claims world record with all-fe­male crew

New Straits Times - - World -

In­dia’s na­tional air­line yes­ter­day claimed to have set a new record with the first roundthe-world flight staffed en­tirely by women.

Air In­dia said its Boe­ing 777 trav­elled from Delhi to San Fran­cisco and back again with an allfe­male crew last week, the first time such a flight has cir­cum­nav­i­gated the globe.

The air­line, which has faced crit­i­cism in the past for ground­ing dozens of fe­male cabin crew over their weight, said it had ap­plied to Guin­ness World Records to val­i­date the claim.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved in the flight oper­a­tion — from pi­lots to checkin staff to cabin crew — were from our fe­male staff,” spokesman G. P. Rao said.

Rao said even the air traf­fic con­trollers at the Delhi end of the flight, which re­turned last Fri­day, were women.

Rao said the air­line would op­er­ate more all-fe­male flights this week to cel­e­brate the In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day to­mor­row.

Last year the state-owned car­rier said it had flown a non-stop flight for 17 hours to set a record for the long­est all-fe­male crew trip.

In re­cent years, Air In­dia had taken ini­tia­tives to im­prove its record on gen­der equal­ity.

In Jan­uary, it an­nounced des­ig­nated fe­male-only seats on its do­mes­tic flights af­ter a spate of sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaints by pas­sen­gers.

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