World's Youngest Woman Commander

World's Youngest Woman Commander

Meet Anny Divya, from Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), the 30-year-old Indian woman pilot who has become the world's youngest woman to command a Boeing 777 aircraft. Breaking all stereotypes and societal norms, Anny made history with Air India, the carrier which created a record after it flew across the globe, led by an all-female crew on the occasion of last year's International Women’s Day.

There are stories which remind us nobody should give up on their dreams. If there is a will, then there is a way to achieve the seemingly most un-achievable of aspirations and women should come forward in the labor sector. No matter how rocky the road is, a human being can always aspire and overcome the odds: nothing is impossible. The story of Anny Divya is no different. Born in Pathankot, she has always wanted to become a pilot since childhood.

Anny Divya Blazes the Trail for Women Empowerment


Anny attended flying school at the tender age of 19 and in 2006, she joined Air India. She first trained in Spain on how to fly a Boeing 737. Then she moved to London, where she got lessons on how to fly a Boeing 777.

I 've had the option to command a 737 but the Boeing 777 is the one I wanted to fly in command so I waited a bit longer. This is what I wanted to do, Anny Divya, world's youngest woman commander of Boeing 777.

However, the glory didn’t come easy as is the case with most women empowerment role models. She achieved her wishes by making her way through a patriarchal and male-dominated society. What she has achieved is something that few girls from the country can dream of and has catapulted her into the Ivy league of women aviators. The result: she finds herself in the enviable club of women aviation pioneers such as Raymonde de Laroche: the world’s first woman to get a pilot’s license; Ellen Church: the first female flight attendant in the world; Kate McCue: the first woman globally to command a cruise ship.

The Pursuit of Glory: The Story of Anny Divya


Based in Mumbai, she battled all the way to achieve her dreams. Her aspirations met with a lot of resistance. ‘Luckily my parents have been supportive, even though a lot of people were telling them not to send me for flying lessons. There was a lot of resistance all around. Being a pilot was not considered a profession for women,’ she told a media house.

Greetings and wishes have been pouring in from all around the country on her remarkable feat egging her to go further afield and make a mark for herself and her country. This year Kashmir’s Ayesha Aziz became India's youngest Indian woman pilot. Against all odds, she received her commercial pilot’s license at the tender age of 21. Similarly, Ayesha’s training started while she was in school. 

On similar lines, recently, Stephanie Johnson and Dawn Cook became the world’s first black woman pilots to comprise the cockpit. In 2016, Cassandra DePecol, the American traveler, activist, and blogger, became the fastest person and first documented woman to travel to every nation in the world. She officially set the Guinness World Records in two categories: 'Fastest time to visit all sovereign nations' and 'Fastest time to visit all sovereign nations - Female.' She is also known for appearing on reality television series Afraid.

Indian Women Breaking New Ground


As times change, an increasingly greater number of Indian women entrepreneurs are making forays into what was previously considered male bastions and choosing careers that were unimaginable till some years ago. To top it all, they have been doing exceedingly well and making a mark for the country. They have been taking up challenging careers and soaring to ever greater heights rather than being content with traditional roles such as teachers or doctors. They are leveraging their education and are ready to make sacrifices in the pursuit of their dreams. Anny Divya believed she could and she did it.


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  • Fred Prasuhn

    Congratulations for achieving this milestone !!

  • Margaret Spector

    This will inspire other young ladies to reach even more greater heights. What a way to go :)

  • Kyle Mitchell

    This is incredible, she broke many stereotypes and societal norms. Women are highly underrated in the workplace. We are as good even better than men in many sectors. Sorry guys, we rule the world. This should be a norm.

  • Samuel T

    What a great news !! CONGRATS !!!

  • Vicky Davis

    We need more women like her in our world. A true example of women empowerment. She has finally pursued her dream, I am so happy that she was able to command the Boeing 777. I am sure she has waited many years to get "her moment of glory."

  • Anthony Arauco

    Started from the bottom, now she is here. It feels good to see that nothing is impossible and that if you keep fighting and hustling your way up, then you will certainly get there.

  • Kirill Kondrachov

    Many Indian women will see her as a role model. She achieved a great feat at such a young age. It takes some guts to fly in the air an imposing aircraft

  • Arlen Clinton

    This should't even be a headline, women are equally talented than men....

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  • B. Raj Kumar

    Very happy to read the above news. Feel proud that an Indian girl has achieved this. I wish many more follow and bring laurel to "Indian womankind".

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Muqbil Ahmar

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Muqbil is a tech evangelist, environmentalist, women's rights advocate, editor, and founder of He is an experienced broadcast and print journalist with a demonstrated history of operating in the media industry. His main area of interest are social issues, tech, economy, economy, films and arts & culture. Muqbil holds a master of arts (M.A.) and PGDM in broadcast journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

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