Fly Girl: First Airline Owned By Black Woman Makes a Huge Move

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 26: Siza Mzimela, the first female Chief Executive Officer of South African Airways (SAA) on November 26, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Financial Mail/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Fly Girl: First Airline Owned By Black Woman Makes a Huge Move

Plus, Siza Mzimela tells you how you can do it, too.

Published May 12, 2016

Black women can do anything they set their minds to, and Siza Mzimela is proof of that. last year, the South African entrepreneur became the first Black woman in the world to own an airline, called Fly Blue Crane, and hired an all-female staff to man her planes.

Now, she's spreading her wings in another big way: her fleet is about to go international.

According to OkayAfrica, Fly Blue Crane is about to launch it's first international flight, from Cape Town to Windhoek, Namibia. The route will be added starting Friday, May 13. Mzimela said she has plans to eventually cover locations like Botswana, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a recent interview with Runway Girl Network, Mzimela shared tips for women trying to break into business. “The truth of matter is you have to accept up front that your road will be more difficult than the pale white male sitting next to you," she says. "Instead of moaning and complaining, just get on with it. It’s your job to say ‘nothing will stop me. I’m going to make it.'”

Looks like Mzimela is more than doing her part to break barriers in business for all of us!

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Financial Mail/Gallo Images/Getty Images)


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