Anny Divya- Youngest female commander of a Boeing 777
Anny Divya, a 30-year-old woman from Vijayawada of Andhra Pradesh, made history after she became the youngest Boeing 777 female commander in the world.
Becoming a pilot is far from easy, but challenging gender stereotypes and becoming a female aviator is even harder. This didn’t stop Indian pilot Anny Divya from trailblazing her way to the top. Thirty-year-old Divya is now the youngest female commander of a Boeing 777 aircraft in the world.
Divya holds the high position with Air India the culmination of a childhood dream of flying the skies.
She always wanted to become a pilot, from my childhood & she didn’t have anybody around who knew about piloting at that time. She had no guidance but just she wanted to fly.
Divya was fueled by her passion and determined to succeed. At the age of 17, she was sent to an advertisement for flying school by a friend. She got selected and that was the initial step to start her career with a lot of interest & passion.
Determination to succeed
On top of this, Divya found there were cultural differences to overcome.
She hails from Vijayawada, a small city in the southeastern part of India. Arriving in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, was a shock. She had issues with the language and cultural changes, even the way she would dress was different because she came from a smaller city.
“We all have some success stories and failures — but we have to focus on what we need and to keep learning,” she says. “I wanted to become a pilot, that’s what I wanted to do. So even though I was not OK initially, I was very determined to just do it.”
Her parents have been very supportive. Even though there were financial issues paying for flying was a lot of money for my parents at the time. It’s only with their support that she could do it.
Perseverance and tenacity ensured Divya went from struggling to succeeding at flying school. She finished her training at 19 and began to work for Air India. By the time she got a job, she learned a lot in life. Later on, she went to Spain [by train] and working on international flights for 10 years.
Flying high & Achieving big
She loves each part of the job, traveling and wearing the uniform. We take off from different airports flying into new airports every day. It’s never monotonous, it’s very adventurous.
The airwoman is already planning the next step on her upward trajectory” Right now she wants to fly new aircraft, with more advanced technology,”. She also wants to get into teaching, & to become a trainer.”
She wants everyone to achieve their dream and if they want to become a pilot they need to have a passion for this. “Because the sector is such that sometimes the jobs are there, sometimes there are no jobs — you really need to have that passion. You have to have patience.”
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