The South African aviation market has seen the emergence of a new operator, Fly Blue Crane, a subsidiary of Blue Crane Aviation. The aviation group is headed by former SAA executives, Siza Mzimela, Theunis Potgieter and Jerome Simelane. Fly Blue Crane is backed by 80% local, black-owned, capital and is therefore optimistic of avoiding the problems faced by recent entrants into the South African market (including the likes of Fastjet and Safair). Both Fastjet and Safair have been unable to obtain the necessary domestic operating licences, due to their high levels of foreign ownership (contravening section 16.4 of the Air Services Licensing Act, 115 of 19901). Once Blue Crane Aviation has secured the necessary permissions from the Air Services Licensing Council, it will have a year in which to comply with Civil Aviation Authority requirements before commencing operations. Indications are that Blue Crane Aviation will not seek to compete on the overtraded Johannesburg-Durban-Cape Town route, but instead sees lucrative prospects in Mozambique and Tanzania.