Air India’s all-female crew makes history with around-the-world flight

DELHI, India — Air India says it has become the first airline to fly around the world with an all-female crew, just ahead of International Women’s Day.

“Air India scripted history by flying an all-women crew flight around the world,” the airline said in a statement on Facebook, after Flight AI 174 touched back down in Delhi on Friday.

The Boeing 777 flew from Delhi to San Francisco on Feb. 27, traveling over the Pacific Ocean. The crew completed a mandatory rest period before flying over the Atlantic back to Delhi, completing the round-the-world trip.

Smiling members of Air India’s crew, wearing saris and jackets, posed for selfies in San Francisco International Airport on Feb. 27 before setting off on the final leg of the trip.

Every member of staff — from the flight’s captains to the cabin crew, check-in and ground handling staff — were women. Even the engineers, who certified the aircraft, and air traffic controllers, who cleared its departure and arrival, were women, the company said.

An Air India spokesman said the airline has applied for a Guinness World Record to mark the occasion, part of a series of all-women flights scheduled to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday.