All-woman cockpit crew fly longest San Francisco-Bengaluru flight

An all-woman cockpit crew flew into Indian aviation history on Saturday when it operated the inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight.

“This will be the longest commercial flight in the world to be operated by Air India or any other airline in India…The total flight time on this route will be of more than 17 hours depending on the wind speed on that particular day,” Air India said in a statement.

The direct distance between the two cities at opposite ends of the world is 13,993 km with a time zone change of around 13.5 hours, an Air India official said.

Flight AI176 departed from San Francisco in the USA at 8.30 pm (local time) on Saturday and will land at the Kempegowda International Airport at 3.45 am (local time) on Monday.