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Air India becomes the first Indian airline to fly from North Pole

Air India's Boeing 777 aircraft made history when it flew over the North Pole on this Independence Day.  By doing so, Air India became the first Indian airline to fly commercial flights from the Polar region.  A flight from …





Air India's Boeing 777 aircraft made history when it flew over the North Pole on this Independence Day.  By doing so, Air India became the first Indian airline to fly commercial flights from the Polar region.  A flight from Delhi to San Francisco that originates over the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean took off over the North Pole on Thursday.  It is believed to be a major milestone for Air India going into private hands soon.

 Two plans prepared under stress from Pakistan
 Air India's operations department made two flight plans to go on the polar route amidst the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan.  An Air India source has said, "We were told to be ready to close Pakistan's airspace on August 15.  Even if the airspace was kept closed for Indian flights, we still fly from the Polar region.

 Others said that a second route would have been taken in which the aircraft would have been taken from the north of the pole via the Strait of Hormuz.  Flight AI-173 from Delhi-San Francisco flew over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia from North Pole at 12.27 am with 243 passengers at 4 in the morning.

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