A Historic Feat! Air India Becomes 1st Indian Airline to Fly over the North Pole

An Air India flight embarked upon a historical trip over the North Pole on India’s 73rd Independence Day. On 15th August, the centrally owned Air India airlines made its maiden trip. 

India set a record by becoming the first Indian commercial airline to enter the polar sphere of the earth. The flight from Delhi to San Francisco flew 0 degrees north for the very first time instead of taking the conventional Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean route. 

As per newspaper reports, the Air India operations team had devised two flight plans. With preparations and follow-ups on the closure of Pakistan airspace to Indian flights on August 15. The different route was prepared wherein the aeroplane would fly over the Strait of Hormuz to reach the North Pole keeping this in mind.

Source
 
Capt Rajneesh Sharma and his team, featuring Capt Digvijay Singh with first officers Capt Karan Aggarwal and Capt Siddesh Dadarkar took charge of the flight deck of Flight Al173 to San Francisco flew that took off from New Delhi bearing about 243 passengers at 4 AM. By 12:27 PM, it had covered Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia. 

Capt Rajneesh Sharma shared his experience with TOI. He said that there was no air traffic behind after the flight covered Russia. For about nine hours, there was no air traffic insight with just the vast expanse of snow in view.

No country legally owns the North Pole currently, even though Russia, Canada and Denmark have claimed ownership of the Lomonosov Ridge that falls under the territory of the North Pole.

Were you on the flight for this unique experience? Let us know in the comments below.

This post was published by Sony Punjabi

Share this post on social media
Google +

India Packages

Compare quotes from upto 3 travel agents for free

Related Articles

Experiences

Experiences

Best Places To Visit In November In India (2019)

Experiences

Experiences

Top 20 Varieties of Mangoes in India and Where to Find Them

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

31 Best Beers To Drink In India For The Beer Snob In You

Adventure

Adventure

10 Dangerous Places In India For The Daredevils

Backpacking

Backpacking

Cheap Places to Visit in India When You Are Low on Budget

Adventure

Adventure

Snowfall in India: Snow Places in India

Experiences

Experiences

Most Haunted Places in India: Real Stories and Places!

Experiences

Experiences

Music Festivals In India That Every Music Enthusiast Must Attend!

Experiences

Experiences

Forts in India: Majestic Palaces and Forts to Marvel over

Experiences

Experiences

Hot Water Springs In India

Adventure

Adventure

15 Best Places to Spot Dolphins in India

Experiences

Experiences

Buddhist Places In India : The Buddhist Circuit

Experiences

Experiences

12 Foreigners Describe What They Think of India After Their Visit and You Can’t Miss What They Have to Say

Experiences

Experiences

Most Beautiful Gardens in India for a Blissful Natural Retreat

Adventure

Adventure

Amazing Amusement Parks in India for Ultimate Thrill and Excitement

Experiences

Experiences

Stargazing in India: Top Places for the Space Enthusiasts

Experiences

Experiences

Exotic Tourist Places To Visit In India Under 20k

Experiences

Experiences

Best Bachelor Party Destinations In India - For Your Party Fix Before Getting Hitched!

Experiences

Experiences

Unusual Places in India - Strange Places In India That Will Surprise You

Experiences

Experiences

Boating in India - 10 Places You Can Visit To Sail Through The Waters

Adventure

Adventure

Treks in India For The Rugged Adventure Lovers

Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Yoga In India For A Holistic Wellbeing Experience

Experiences

Experiences

Most Fashionable Places In India

Experiences

Experiences

Indian Jails You Can Go To Without Getting Convicted

Experiences

Experiences

Strawberry Picking And Apple Orchards: Best Places For Fruit Picking In India

Experiences

Experiences

Romantic Tree Houses In India | Tree House Resorts In India That Are The Perfect Nests

Experiences

Experiences

Amazing Places In India For A Surreal Experience

Adventure

Adventure

We Bet You Didn’t Know These Fishing Places Of India!

Experiences

Experiences

Are Indians' The World’s Worst Tourists? Here’s What Travellers Have to Say

Backpacking

Backpacking

15 Things to Experience in India #BeforeIdie

Experiences

Experiences

Have You Taken the Longest Train Journey in India Yet? Here's How To Do It

Comments on this post