Air India Anny Divya

It has been a record-breaking year for Indian women aviators. India may come under criticism for equality, but in many cases, it is unjustified and Anny Divya becoming the youngest female Commander of a Boeing 777 aircraft at just 30 years of age is an incredible achievement.

Coming from humble beginnings Anny was very thankful to her parents after many people around her discouraged her from taking flying lessons. Most of her classmates wanted to become doctors and engineers.

Reported in Mirror Now, she said: “There was a lot of resistance all around – especially the fees, which were a lot for [my parents] to pay at that time.”

 

“From my childhood, I wanted to become a pilot,” she said. “Even though I didn’t have much guidance around how to do that.”

With the guidance of her parents, she went against the traditional career paths and enrolled with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi flying school. By age 19 years she earned a scholarship and completed her training. Air India offered her the job and she rose through the ranks quickly, learning to fly a Boeing 737 in Spain before completing advanced training in London which saw her fly a Boeing 777, the world’s largest twin jet.

Anny obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Aviation whilst working for Air India. Her new found economic stability helped to change her family’s fortune by financing both her brother and sister`s education abroad as well as buying a house for her parents.

She says that other women to go after what they want: “All women should pursue their dreams, especially right now.”

Earlier this year Air India also made the first round-the-world trip entirely by women. A Boeing 777 flew from New Delhi to San Francisco over the Pacific Ocean, covering 9500 miles and it then made a return trip across the Atlantic. In addition to female pilots and cabin crew, all ground staff working with the plane – including safety auditors, engineers and air traffic controllers - were women. Air India said that the trip was ‘another feather to Air India`s cap in its constant endeavour to encourage women.