Air India’s senior pilot Captain Zoya Agarwal of the Boeing-777 aircraft has made its way to the SFO Aviation Museum. Zoya is the first Indian woman pilot to fly an aircraft over the North Pole and has covered a record-breaking distance of nearly 16,000 kilometres.
Reports claim Zoya was the youngest woman pilot in India to fly a Boeing-777 back in 2013 and is one of the gender equality spokespersons at the United Nations.
The ace pilot was also part of India’s Vande Bharat mission in 2020 as the government launched flights to evacuate Indians stuck in countries due to the coronavirus lockdown. Agarwal had captained the flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru which is one of the longest non-stop air routes in the world. The US museum offered Agarwal a place after her achievement.
“I was amazed to see that I am the only living thing out there, I am honestly humble. I can’t believe I am part of a prestigious aviation museum in the USA and first Indian woman to live in a museum in the United States, if you ask an eight-year-old girl who sits on her terrace, looks at the stars and dreams of becoming a pilot. It is an honor that the US recognizes an Indian woman for her museum.”Captain Zoya Agarwal, Air India
Recently, the SFO museum showcased Indian pilot Zoya Agarwal’s extraordinary career in aviation and her advocacy for promoting women’s empowerment across the world, inspiring millions of girls and youth to pursue their dreams.
India has 2,764 registered woman pilots. The Indian government had said last year that women constitute over 15 per cent of pilots in the aviation sector which is one of the highest in the world.
The participation of female pilots in India has grown rapidly, with India having the largest proportion of female pilots in the world, according to the International Society of Women’s Airlines. That accounts for about 12.4% of all pilots, compared to 5.5% in the US.