Here’s Siza Mzimela – The First Black Woman To Found An Airline In South Africa


A recently published article about Zimbabwe celebrating her first ever all-female deck crew is indeed an inspiring tale, which has led us to uncover more inspiring but less known tales. As said in the previous piece, being a woman in this part of the world somewhat means you can aim at being great and successful but not too successful for it’s as though we’re by default programmed not to desire certain things.

The two celebrated female pilots, Chipo Matimba and Elizabeth Simbi, in the Zimbabwean story, broke the jinx of gender restriction by becoming the first female pilots to fly a plane in their country. In this case, I can’t help but think Siza broke another jinx thinking “African women can’t only be pilots, they can found and own airlines too”.

Well, that’s exactly what Siza did as she is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fly Blue Crane. As an ex-SAA (South African Airways) and SA Express CEO, Siza Mzimela was well-informed about the lacking needs of the flight outlets in the country and decided to do something about that. Like she said, her “Fly Blue Crane has anticipated and is positioned to deliver on what customers want: the enhanced convenience of frequent flights through high on-time performance‚ commitment to consistent service excellence‚ advanced online technologies that will make the booking and travel process fuss-free‚ and of course highly competitive fares.”

Siza Mizmela

Fly Blue Crane offers a reliable, personal service, point-to-point domestic routes often described as “the best-of-breed corporate experience of the premium players”. As said, “Quality, convenience, professionalism as well as frequency and consistent on-time performance on any given route is what customers can expect when flying Fly Blue Crane.”

More to that, it’s on her Linkedin profile that Sizi is the “Executive Chairperson of Blue Crane Aviation – an aviation services company with specific focus on African airlines and providing specialist airline consulting, aviation legal services, aircraft management services – all to enable airlines and aviation businesses have strategic access to the global market.”

At the initial launch of Fly Blue Crane, timeslive reported that the airline will be having “five flights a day to Bloemfontein during the week‚ with two flights on Saturdays and three on Sundays.” Also, “there will be three flights a day during the week to Kimberley‚ one flight on Saturdays and two to the city on Sundays.” That’s not all, “the airline will service Nelspruit twice daily from Mondays to Fridays‚ with one flight on Saturday and one on Sunday.” Moreover, flights are to originate from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

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