a little known airline called Deccan Airways operating out of HYD was the first to recruit female commercial pilots operating scheduled services way back in the Forties! Capt. Prem Mathur
became the worlds first female airline commander oeprating schedule.
Later Indian Airlines (IC) was to have the largest number of female pilots anywhere in the world. Capt.(Mrs) Durba Banerjee holds a number of world records (including first female Jet commander, highest number of hours flown etc).
also became the first airline to operate all-woman crew flights first using HS748's inthe 70's and later using 737's.
All-woman crew flights were a common thing on IC
until it was recently banned by a ministry order following an incident onboard a late night Alliance Air flight.