Air India pilot becomes world's youngest female commander of a Boeing 777

An Indian woman has overcome the misgivings of her local community to become the youngest female captain of a Boeing 777 aircraft in the world.

Anny Divya took command of a 777, the world's largest twin jet, at the age of 30, proving wrong those who had tried to convince her parents it wasn't a viable career option.

"Luckily my parents have been very supportive, even though a lot of people were telling them not to send me for flying lessons," she told Indian TV station Mirror Now.

"There was a lot of resistance all round - especially the fees, which were a lot for [my parents] to pay at the time."

Growing up in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh in India, Divya knew she wanted to be a pilot, even though most of her classmates planned to follow their parents' advice to become doctors and engineers.


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"I fought hard to achieve my dreams," she said.

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She enrolled in flying school Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi at the age of 17 with her parents' support, earning a scholarship and completing her training at 19.


Hired by Air India, she worked her way up the ranks, learning to fly a Boeing 737 in Spain. She had the option to take command of the 737, but decided to hang out "a bit longer" for the 77. "It's the plane I always wanted to fly," she said.

Divya got her chance to fly a 777 during her advanced training in London and says that taking command of one "is what I wanted to do".

She has completed a BSc Aviation degree while working for the airline and used her earnings to help her family financially, buying her parents a house and financing her brother and sister's overseas studies.

Divya encouraged other women to go after their goals, saying "all women should pursue their dreams, especially right now".

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