South African businesswoman Siza Mzimela has just made history becoming the first black woman to own her own airline!
Talk about a major achievement. South African businesswoman Siza Mzimela has just made history becoming the first black woman to own her own airline! Siza is the new founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane, which took its first flight in Johannesburg from OR Tambo International Airport on September 1st of this year. Siza makes it clear that she hopes to expand destinations to Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the near future.
To add to the achievement, Mzimela has also become the first woman appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s Board of Directors. She is also the founder and Executive Chairperson of Blue Crane Aviation, an aviation services company that provides airlines and related businesses with things such as consulting, legal services with aviation, aircraft management services and much more. Siza is showing us what it’s like to be a smart, successful businesswoman that both women and even men can learn from.
Prior to launching Fly Blue Crane airlines, Siza served as the first female CEO of South African Airways from April 1, 2010 to Oct. 8 2012. Under her leadership, for the first time in SAA history, the company introduced direct flights to New York and Beijing, China. The airline also grew its regional network by adding eight additional routes in one year.
Siza, who started her career with SAA in 1997 as a market analyst, has also been appointed as the first female to join the International Air Transport Association’s board of directors in 67 years. Holding a bachelor of arts degree in economics and statistics from the University of Swaziland, Siza serves as a board member of the South African Tourism Board, as well as the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.