Airline claims world record with all-female crew
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.