Captain Anny Divya is the world’s youngest woman commander to fly the largest twin jet – Boeing 777. Captain Anny Divya, who completed her pilot training at age 19, became a pilot for Air India in 2006, now flies a Boeing 777 — a long-range, wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner, a model with the capacity for up to 350-396 passengers. She experienced her first flight only after going to a flying school, making her one of the only pilots who has never herself been a passenger on a plane and entered an aircraft for the first time when she learnt how to fly it. At a young age of 30, she became the youngest woman commander on B777. She has an experience of 11 years of international flying and clocking around 5000 flying hours of jet experience with the national carrier. Challenging gender stereotypes, Captain Divya holds the high position with Air India – the culmination of a childhood dream of flying the skies. Born in Pathankot, Captain Anny Divya has been residing in Mumbai for the last eleven years. At a tender age of 10, she began dreaming to be a pilot and would eye the skies wanting to fly like a bird. She completed her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and joined a flying school at the age of 17, at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Uttar Pradesh where she flew, single engine piston TB20 aircraft used widely for training and the C90 multi engine, clocking nearly 250 hours in 27 months. Earning herself a scholarship, she completed her training in 2006 at 19 years old. Along with flying, she pursued her graduation and moved to Mumbai later working with Air India. Fuelled by her passion and determined to succeed, she trained in Spain and began flying the Boeing 737. Within a couple of years she was sent to London for advanced training on the Boeing 777. Captain Anny Divya gradually climbed the ranks at Air India, eventually getting command on the Boeing 777 which is the longest twin-engine aircraft in the world in just 10 years. She has flown to most parts of the world like Europe, Middle East, Far East, New Zealand and various cities of the US. Today, she mostly flies to Washington DC, New York, San Francisco and Chicago in the US. In her small town of Vijaywada in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, with no aviation school and no knowledge of becoming a pilot, Captain Anny Divya has faced and been through plenty of hurdles and challenges including financial issues, languages barriers, cultural challenges to name a few. Facing a tough opposition from people around made her parents rethink before making their decision of enrolling her as she was a girl entering an unknown profession with high training fees, but Captain Anny Divya through sheer grit and determination made them feel that she was capable of doing it and this also helped her overcome her other barriers. At a time when engineers and doctors were the only mainstream professions, Captain Anny Divya made the difficult choice of stepping out of her comfort zone to follow her passion, and she hasn’t looked back since. Captain Anny Divya, the daughter of a retired Army officer, who flies 70 to 80 hours per month, is living out her mother’s dream of becoming a pilot. She hero-worships her parents and owes her success to them and is thankful to her teachers for identifying her capabilities that helped her improve on her strengths. Captain Anny Divya has a flair for dancing and has a good voice too. She also likes spending time with her family & friends and is also passionate about her fitness routines. Calling the skies her home, her journey has just begun. Captain Anny Divya’s excellent motor skills, situational awareness, communication skills and multitasking abilities are some of the qualities that make her stand out as one of the most efficient and sought after pilots in the world.