Air India to Fly Over North Pole from Delhi to San Francisco, First Flight to Take Off on Independence Day
Image used for representational purpose | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, August 12: Indian public sector aviation firm - Indian Airlines - would soon become the first Indian airline to fly over the North Pole while connecting New Delhi and North America. Starting from August 15, Indian Airlines will being its inaugural flight service over the Polar region and would fly from New Delhi to San Francisco.

According to the information, as reported by India Today, the flight will be piloted by Capt Rajneesh Sharma and Capt Digvijay. This is considered to be big achievement as no other Indian civil aviation has ever done this. The airline claims that through this measure, passengers will benefit from the reduced flight times. Air India Disinvestment: Privatisation Likely to Draw 'Strong Interest' From Bidders, Says CAPA

The airline company even claim that this operation will reduce fuel consumption, reduce travel times, improve aircraft utility and reduce carbon emission. It claims that fuel savings are expected to be in the region of 2000 kgs to 7000 kgs on these routes with the resultant decrease in carbon emission of 6000 kg to 21000 kg, per flight, adds the report.

It is to be known that currently the route that the New Delhi to San Francisco flight takes goes over Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and Japan before crossing the Pacific Ocean to enter the United States of America. Through the new route, Indian Airlines is expecting to save around 90 minutes, making the travel time around 15.5 hours. This route would include flying over Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, the Arctic Ocean, Canada and then entering the US.