Soaring High
Bona|June 2017

Fundiswa Nkwanyana chats with Siza Mzimela (52), the first black oman to establish a commercial airline in South Africa.

 

Fundiswa Nkwanyana

I’m the founder and CEO of Fly Blue Crane – a South African airline that offers affordable domestic flights.

Having worked in the aviation industry for over 20 years, I was ready to venture out on my own. I saw that there were a few low-cost domestic airlines, so I decided to start a business that would bridge that gap. I looked for investors who shared my vision; and with my experience and savings, started the airline.

I am amazed by my achievements because I was once told that I could never own an airline.

That motivated me to do what most people saw as impossible. I also didn’t like the fact that flying is still seen as a mode of transport for the wealthy and privileged. I wanted to change that.

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