Siza Mzimela flew into the history books this past September when she became the first black woman to start an airline.
According to The Huffington Post, the South African entrepreneur launched Fly Blue Crane, an airline that services “cities in South Africa including Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Kimberly and Nelspruit.” So far, the newly-initiated airline has two 50-seat aircrafts and also provides cost-effective flights to underserved communities in South Africa.
Mzimela spoke to CNBC Africa about the process of getting the airline off the ground — literally and figuratively. “It’s taken us a good 18 months to get to our first flight, which was on the first of September, but indeed, a lot of people just assume it happened overnight,” she said.
Explaining that she hopes her airline fosters growth economies in developing communities in South Africa, Mzimela said she also sees Fly Blue Crane expanding its flight volume and service areas.
“We hope to expand our flight destinations to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The airline will aim to keep its current rates in order to make flying affordable for both business and leisure travel,” she said.