Indian woman Anny Divya has become the youngest female commander of a Boeing 777 aircraft in the world. The 30-year-old from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh who is overwhelmed at the new title of commander despite people telling her that it was not a right ambition to have. Defeating all odds Anny Divya earned the title that not many women in the country have despite aspirations. She earned a scholarship at 19 after joining the flying school Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi at 17. She first learned to fly a Boeing 737 in Spain after landing her first flying job for commercial airlines Air India. She has also completed her advanced training in London for flying a Boeing 777, the world’s largest twin jet.
She told Mirror Now, “From a child, I always wanted to be a pilot, although I didn’t have much guidance on how to become a pilot. My parents have always been very supportive even though there were people telling them not to send me to flying lessons and the fees were a lot for them to pay at that time, but they managed.” Talking about flying the world’s largest twin jet, she said, “I had the option to take command on a 737 but (the Boeing 777) is the plane I always wanted to fly in command so I had to wait a bit longer. This is what I wanted to do.” She recently took to Facebook answering queries of people of how to become a commercial pilot. Ayesha Aziz from Kashmir becomes India’s youngest woman pilot at 21!
Here is her Facebook post:
A Boeing 777 is a twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes with a wide-body, while the 737 is a short- to medium-range twinjet narrow-body airline. Anny was born in Pathankot and did her schooling in Vijayawada as her father was working with the army. Anny thanks her parents for being supportive of her career choice despite financial restraints at that time. (Image-Anny Divya Instagram)