New SA airline to launch on 1 September

Fly Blue Crane, a new South African airline, is set to launch on 1 September 2015.

The airline says that in addition to highly competitive fares, its advanced online technologies will make the booking and travel process fuss-free.

The company will fly between OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Nelspruit from next month.

The FlyBlueCrane website will be open for bookings from 7pm on Tuesday 25 August 2015.

Fly Blue Crane is the brainchild of CEO Siza Mzimela, who served as chief executive officer of SAA between 2010 and 2012.

During its launch phase, the airline would operate 50-seater Embraer Regional Jet 145 (ERJ) aircraft in a single class configuration.

The airline will be based at OR Tambo, flying to Bloemfontein, five times a day during the week, twice on Saturdays, and three times on Sundays.

It will fly to Kimberley three times a day during the week, once on Saturdays, and twice on Sundays; and Nelspruit, twice daily Mondays to Fridays, once on Saturdays, and once on Sundays.