Zozibini Tunzi (Photo: Gallo Images)
Zozi flew via South African Airways' brand new Airbus A350-900 from New York – and the airline said they were "honoured" to be given the opportunity to fly the public relations graduate home.
"SAA is more than an airline, we - as Zozibini - are African first. We are a proud carrier of Africa’s hopes and dreams and its unlimited potential, which leaves us bursting with pride as we welcome our daughter back home and celebrate her global success," said Zuks Ramasia, SAA’s ACEO.
"Our crew described the opportunity to fly a South African born Miss Universe as one of their proudest and [most] memorable experiences, one that will remain an indelible highlight in their careers," said Ramasia.
According to the airline, Zozi added a lot of excitement to the 15-hour flight. She was warm and interacted with everyone, even taking a few pictures.
SAA shared a picture with Channel24 of Zozi smiling as she made her way back home.
SAA flew Zozi back to South Africa as one of the "Homecoming" partners to showcase pride, patriotism and embrace African heritage. They will also fly her back to New York when her tour concludes.