Youngest female commander of Boeing 777 is from India

INDIAN pilot Anny Divya is the youngest female commander of a Boeing 777 aircraft in the world at 30.

She has broken the gender stereotypes and became a female aviator with Air India, CNN reported yesterday.

"I always wanted to become a pilot, from my childhood," Divya is quoted by CNN Travel as saying. "I didn't have anybody around who knew about piloting at that time. I had no guidance. I just wanted to fly."

Divya responded to an advertisement by flying school when she was 17.

"I got selected," she said. "I had no clue about any aircraft, technology, nothing. I'd never had any flying background or anybody to guide me, the whole subject was very new to me."

On top of this, Divya found there were cultural differences to overcome.

Going from Vijayawada, a small city in the southeastern part of India, to Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, was a shock to her.

Through hard work, she was able to finish her training at 19 and began working for Air India in 2006.

Despite a decade of experience behind her, she still meets people who are surprised that she's a female pilot.

"When I go on flights, people keep asking 'Are you a commander?'" she said. "They're like, 'But she's such a young girl to be flying such a big plane."

Her success also gained her celebrity status in India, where many young people aspire to be like her.