Nothing in this world makes me happier than seeing women from different parts of the world shining in the aviation industry. Statistically the odds are still against us with only 5% of pilots in the world being women, but on days like these I can say – we are making progress. Slow progress, but progress all the same.
30 year old Captain Anny Divya is reported to have become the youngest woman in the world to command a Boeing 777. This is by any scale a great accomplishment and people from all walks of life have taken to social media to celebrate this historic feat.
I first read about Captain Anny Divya a few weeks ago and though it took me a bit of time to get her story out there, in my heart I just felt her journey was one worth sharing here. I was inspired by how she overcame not only the negativity from her extended family and the financial stress that comes with flight training, but she did not let the fact that she had challenges with the English language, deter her from pursuing her childhood dream.
Whilst there is so much to share about the life and accomplishments of Captain Anny, I have put together a list of 5 Things You Should Know About Boeing 777 Captain, Anny Divya.
1. At only 30, Anny Divya is the world’s youngest female Boeing 777 captain. The Boeing 777 is the largest twin jet in the world.
2. Anny started her flight training when she was only 17 years old at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi a flying school in Uttar Pradesh
3. Anny completed her flight training when she was only 19 years old and immediately got a job with Air India.
4. Anny started flying the Boeing 737 at the age of 19.
5. At the age of 21 Anny started flying the Boeing 777.
In an interview with Mirror Now, Anny opened up about how becoming a pilot was a childhood dream. “From a child, I always wanted to be a pilot, although I didn’t have much guidance on how to become a pilot.”
She went on to attribute her success as a pilot to her parents, who supported her all the way to the left chair of the Boeing 777. “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.”
*Yes We Can Fly*