Jaipur: A Boeing 777 landed at Jaipur International Airport for the first time. Due to its size, the big aircraft couldn’t land here earlier, but it was made possible by the runway extension that was completed in March 2017. The aircraft took off with 340 Haj pilgrims at 3.40 pm on Friday.
The first woman commercial pilot from Rajasthan Paruk Shekhawat operated the flight. Parul – daughter of SMS Hospital’s former superintendent Narpat Singh Shekhawat – belongs to Jaipur. Her husband is also a senior pilot with Air India. She was operating the flight as the captain.
Boeing 747 planes were being used for Haj pilgrims till now. While Boeing 747 is smaller in size, it can accommodate more passengers than Boeing 777. Boeing 777 with four engines can accommodate 340 passengers.
The runway extension work was completed in March, but it was for the first time that Boeing 777 landed at the airport.
When the runway extension work was undergoing, the airport authorities had to either reschedule or terminate many flights.