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  Newsmakers   16 Aug 2019  Air India becomes 1st Indian airline to fly over zero degree North Pole on I-Day

Air India becomes 1st Indian airline to fly over zero degree North Pole on I-Day

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Aug 16, 2019, 12:34 pm IST
Updated : Aug 16, 2019, 12:34 pm IST

The flight flew over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and then overflew North Pole by 12.27 pm.

Talks of complete privatisation of the national carrier have been underway since Air India became a liability. (Photo: File)
 Talks of complete privatisation of the national carrier have been underway since Air India became a liability. (Photo: File)

New Delhi: Air India flew over the North Pole on Independence Day, becoming the first Indian airline to operate commercial flights over the polar region, reported News18.

The carrier’s Delhi-San Francisco flight, which usually takes the route over the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean, flew over zero degree north on Thursday in a unique feat, the Times of India reported.

The Delhi-San Francisco flight AI-173 took off at 4 am with about 243 passengers on board. The flight flew over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and then overflew North Pole by 12.27 pm to cross over to the other side of Earth.

Talks of complete privatisation of the national carrier have been underway since Air India became a liability.

Tags: air india, pacific ocean, north pole
Location: India, Delhi