Fly Blue Crane set to go international

In September 2015, Fly Blue Crane flew into history when founder Sizakele Mzimela became the first black woman to start an airline. But now, the company has already landed on its next milestone.

According to OkayAfrica, the airline, which has been operating domestically since its foundation, is set for the takeoff of its first international flight on May 13, which will depart from Cape Town, South Africa and land in Windhoek, Namibia.

Mzimela — who is also “the first black executive vice president of South African Airways and the first woman to be selected to the Board of the International Air Transport Association,” according to AFKInsider — has expressed her intention to grow the airline to provide international service, mentioning “Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and the DRC,” reports OkayAfrica.

Although the business mogul has seen her dreams through to take off, Mzimela still had some advice for young girls looking to reach similar heights.

“You have to accept up front that your road will be more difficult than the pale white male sitting next to you,” she told Runway Girl Network. “It’s your job to say ‘nothing will stop me. I’m going to make it.’”

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