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First airline launched by a black woman is going international

Meet Sizakele Mzimela, she’s about to take the South Africa-based airline she started, Fly Blue Crane, international later this month.

Sizakele Mzimela is no stranger to the airline industry. She’s the co-founder and CEO of South Africa Airways and was also the first woman chosen to be on the board of the International Air Transportation Association in its 71-year history.

Since its start, Fly Blue Crane has been operating domestically within South Africa and will now be conducting its very first international flight when it launches its service from Cape Town to Windhoek next week on May 13.

In an interview with Runway Girl Network, Mzimela advises other women aviators: “Be mentally prepared that climbing that mountain will be different. I’m prepared to climb to the top. It’s your job to say ‘Nothing will stop me…”



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