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Women in control in 22 AI flights on Women`s Day

Last Updated: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 21:50

New Delhi: Air India on Monday created a history
of sorts by handing over the cockpit of 22 domestic and
international flights, including a direct one from Mumbai to
New York, to women on the International Women`s Day.

Civil Aviation Secretary M Madhavan Nambiar flagged off
Air India`s first all-women crew flight, on the Mumbai-JFK
sector, from Mumbai airport that took off at around 1.30 am.

Captain Rashmi Miranda along with Captain Sunita Narula
were given the command of the Boeing 777-200 long-range
aircraft which will fly through 10 time zones for 14 hours.
Captain Swati Rawal and Captain Neha Kulkarni were the first

The day and year holds special significance for the women
aviators as 100 years ago the first woman, experienced French
balloonist Raymonde De Laroche, received her pilot`s license
on March 8, 1910.

"We can reach great heights, we all should be
encouraged," said an elated Captain Miranda of flight AI 141,
which was the first of the 22 all-women crew flights operated
by Air India across its network to mark International Women`s


First Published: Monday, March 8, 2010 - 21:50
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