Startup Keeps Africa’s Jet Set Aloft

Susan Mashibe left her native Tanzania at age 19 to fly jetliners in the U.S. But after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, she returned home to help reshape African private air travel.

Today her company, Via Aviation, services clients including oil billionaires and top governments officials. It is one of very few in Africa that support business jets with necessities such as catering and hangar space. In another rarity for the continent, Via accepts credit cards.

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