Air India to fly over North Pole on Independence Day
Air India will soon become the while connecting New Delhi and North America.
The inaugural flight over the Polar region will take flight on the nation’s Independence Day, August 15, 2019 and will fly from New Delhi to San Francisco.
The flight, according to the airline, will be piloted by Capt Rajneesh Sharma and Capt Digvijay.
This will be one big achievement for the civil aviation in India as none of the Indian airlines has ever done this.
According to the airline, passengers will benefit from the reduced flight times, the airline by conserving fuel, reduce travel times, improve aircraft utility and reduce carbon emission.
The fuel savings are expected 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.
The flight path over the North Pole though comes with unique opportunities, it also presents unique challenges. Area of Magnetic Unreliability, limited choice for diversion alternate airports, solar radiation, fuel freezing and passenger and aircraft retrieval in case of diversion are some of those factors.
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.
However, the new route would 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.