The first Indian woman pilot to fly an airplane above the North Pole, spanning a record-breaking distance of around 16,000 Kilometers. Captain Zoya Agarwal, a senior Air India pilot flying a Boeing 777, took her place in the SFO aviation museum on Friday.
An all-female pilot team of Air India led by Zoya Agarwal completed the world’s longest air route from San Francisco in the United States to Bengaluru in India in 2021, crossing the North Pole. The accomplishments of all of Air India’s female pilots pleased the US-based aviation museum, and as a result, they provided a space in their collection.
The SFO Museum recently celebrated Indian pilot Zoya Agarwal’s remarkable aviation career and her support for women’s empowerment around the globe, motivating millions of young women and girls to pursue their ambitions. Captain Zoya Agarwal also spoke with ANI just after collecting the award and being recognized by the SFO aviation museum for her remarkable career in aviation.
If you ask the 8-year-old girl who used to sit on her terrace, look at stars, and dream about being a pilot, she will say, “I can’t believe that I am the first Indian female to be in a museum in the USA. “It’s a beautiful time for me and my country because the US recognized an Indian woman for their museum. It’s an honour,” captain Zoya remarked.
The museum opened in 1980 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), using little more than pictures on the walls to improve and humanize the airport’s surroundings. Since then, it has blossomed into a lively exhibition program with galleries in each of the five terminals and amassed a collection of more than 150,000 artefacts pertaining to the history of SFO and commercial aviation.
The International Society of Women Airlines reports that India has the highest percentage of female pilots in the world. In the meantime, the participation of women pilots in India has expanded quickly. consisting of roughly 12.4% of all pilots, as compared to 5.5 in the US.