Fly Blue Crane-- SA's First Female Owned Airline Goes International

Fly Blue Crane, South Africa’s first airline created by a black woman is set to launch its first international flight this month.

The airline which was launched in September 2015 will have its first international flight on 13th May. The trip will take place between Capetown, South Africa and Windhoek, Namibia.

Although the exact flight schedule is yet to be released, flight fares are said to be priced from 1,500 Rands($103) for a one-way ticket.

Prior to this, Fly Blue Crane had only offered local flights to Cape town, Kimberley and Bloemfontain.

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“The time is right for us to introduce this route in the light of the growing tourism and business ties between the two countries, as well as the fact that many people traveling to the region want to combine South Africa and Namibia,” General Manager Theunis Potgieter said.

siza mzimela ceo of fly blue crane

Fly Blue Crane was launched on September 1, 2015 by Sizakele Mzimela, former CEO of South African Airways. During the inauguration she had expressed the desire to transcend local travel with the hopes of expanding her flight destinations to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo so she can serve more communities.

Not only is Mzimela the first female CEO of two major airline companies in South Africa, she is also the first woman appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s Board of Directors in 67 years

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She was also chairwoman of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and the Airlines Association of Africa (AASA), South African Airway’s(SAA) first black executive vice president for global operations and then for commercial sales. She left SAA to become head of SA Express, returned as the CEO of SAA before leaving to start Fly Blue Crane.