After becoming the youngest pilot to fly the mighty Boeing-777 aircraft in 2013, the Air India Captain Zoya Agarwal recently touched another milestone by commanding an all-women crew in one of the world’s longest flight haul from San Francisco to Bengaluru from across the North Pole.
The zeal, dedication and will power of Zoya is contagious as she speaks about her passion for flying and being a part of the skewed percentage of women in the aviation industry. In this interview with MAKERS India, she relives her childhood and her journey of becoming a pilot, the challenges she faced, and how she overcame them. Zoya shares how she transformed her mother's tears of “sheer fear” to tears of “utmost joy."
The next thing on her bucket list is to motivate millions of girls in the country to fulfill their dreams and never think of them as “too big” or “impossible” as she believes that if one is focussed and determined to bring their dreams to life, there is nothing that can stop you. We can’t agree more!
(Interviewed and produced by Poorvi Gupta)