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Indigo pilot’s inspiring journey from the family’s grocery store to the cockpit

The 28-year-old woman’s path from her family’s grocery shop to the pilot’s seat of a major airline in India is an inspiration.

Indigo pilot's inspiring journey from the family's grocery store to the cockpit

Many people have the desire of becoming airline pilots. However, some individuals succeed in such competitive and expensive training. To become a pilot, talent is necessary, but financial security is also crucial; without it, your dream of becoming a pilot won’t come true. This is the account of a young Indian girl who comes from a middle-class home and achieves her dream.

The 28-year-old woman’s path from her family’s grocery shop to the pilot’s seat of a major airline in India is an inspiration. A success story that everyone can learn from. Aafrin Hirani is an Indigo pilot.


She is currently a pilot for Indigo Airlines, the top airline in India based on market share (55%), on-time performance, and other factors. With a fleet of more than 275 aircraft, the airline connects 74 domestic and 26 international destinations with more than 1600 daily flights.

An estimated number of flight hours and intensive training are required to become a pilot for a commercial airline. After years of dedication and grueling struggle, Aafrin is the second woman from Adilabad, Telangana, to achieve this milestone.


“I was resolved to be the best in my area and serve as a role model for young women. So, after completing intermediate in Hyderabad and going to school in Adilabad, I decided to major in aeronautical engineering at a private college. I successfully finished my two years of pilot school in Australia, fulfilling my lifelong ambition of flying, Aafrin said to Telangana Today.

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After excelling in pilot training in Australia from 2018 to 2020, the 28-year-old was appointed as the first captain pilot of the private airline in August. She was chosen because she did well in aeronautical engineering to go through the demanding training. However, due to the appointment processes being slowed down by the government shutdown, she had to wait two years before entering the cockpit of an aircraft. the Covid-19 pandemic.


She acknowledged that even after completing the demanding training in a foreign country, she was a little nervous about waiting to fly a plane and being idle at home.

However, she said that she was ecstatic to fly and to be in charge of the crew. She attributed her success to the encouragement and support she received from her parents, Aziz and Navina.


About IndiGo

IndiGo is amongst the fastest-growing low-cost carriers in the world. IndiGo has a simple philosophy: offer fares that are low, flights that are on time, offering a courteous, hygienic, and hassle-free travel experience. With its fleet of 275+ aircraft, the airline is operating over 1600 daily flights and connecting 74 domestic destinations and 26 international destinations. For more information, please visit or download our mobile app.





He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)