08/06/2023 01:04 PM | Click to read full article
In 2019, Air India announced that it would be flying over the North Pole to get to San Francisco. Air India's decision to choose the North Pole over the Pacific was also keeping in mind the myriad reasons why airlines avoid flying over this wild ocean. So, for flights originating from Delhi or Mumbai and onward to the US West Coast meant flying over Russia for many hours. This precise choice became a saviour for AI173 on June 6.