Meet Anny Divya, the youngest woman to ever captain a Boeing 777 (photos)

 At just 30-years-old Anny Divya is the youngest woman ever to captain a Boeing 777. Anny started training to be a pilot at the age of 17, and although she
was supported by her parents, other family members did not agree with
her career choice.

But Anny, who grew up in Andhra Pradesh, India, refused to listen to her critics.

Instead she persevered with her career path until she was able to join
the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA), a flying school in
Uttar Pradesh.
Anny told Times Now :

“I am thankful to my parents and teachers for what I am today.
parents really believed in my goal and let me fly. There were no jobs at
the time, so it’s not like the money my parents were putting in was
something that I could earn later.
“Nobody was doing any pilot course
in Vijayawada at that time. So I was not encouraged to do it by a lot
of people around me. But I just wanted to fly.”People made fun and
laughed at me but I knew that I had to speak – even if I made mistakes –
to actually learn.”People used to mock me for my poor English and that
hurt me a lot.”

 Anny refused to give up, and continued to try out her English skills at
her flying school, until she had a much better grasp of pronunciation.
Then aged 19, she travelled to Spain for further training, which is where she first flew a Boeing 737.
Then, aged 21, Anny was sent to London to complete advance training and piloted a Boeing 777 for the first time.
She has also earned a degree in BSC Aviation, is a classical keyboard player, a dancer – and has a post-graduate degree in law.


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