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Mango AirlinesFly Mango Airlines was conceived in October of 2006, and became known as the first true low cost airline in South Africa. Mango's first flight departed in November of 2006. Mango is a firm favourite for people wanting to fly in comfort, but at a reasonable price. Mango Airlines are a low cost airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is owned by South African Airways. It operates domestic scheduled budget services. Its main base is OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Here are some interesting facts about this innovative budget airline:
Mango’s first flight took place on November 15th, 2006. A subsidiary of SAA, the budget airline is backed by the same standards of safety and customer service that SAA passengers have enjoyed for decades, while offering low prices for a number of domestic air routes within South Africa. Passengers may opt to fly Mango between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein.
Mango’s aircraft form a uniform fleet of five Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Each plane seats 186 passengers and the fleet is maintained by SAA’s technical department to ensure high safety and reliability standards. Servicing domestic destinations only, these aircraft are the perfect choice for a budget airline which offers passengers comfort and safety on every flight.
In 2012, Mango was the first airline in South Africa to launch an in-flight WiFi service, yet had to stop advertising the service it due to erratic service levels in 2013. Since the latter half of the year, the airline has also had to deal with ongoing salary related strikes by pilots. Thanks to effective contingency plans, these labour relations issues have not materially affected the airline’s services.
As a subsidiary of South African Airways, the airline has also been coming under sporadic fire for its uncompetitive pricing behaviours, which led to the demise of another low cost carrier, 1Time Airlines.
Mango Airlines (flymango.com) operate daily flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria Airport, both located in Johannesburg. From these two destinations, passengers can fly to Bloemfontein Airport, King Shaka Airport in Durban, and Cape Town International Airport. Flights are also available from Cape Town to Bloemfontein and Durban.
Passengers on Mango airlines domestic flights can unwind and enjoy an in-flight entertainment programme called Mango TV. As with most budget airlines, food and drink is not included in the ticket price but may be purchased during the flight through a buy on board system. Considering that most flights last less than 2 hours, passengers will find this system convenient, offering a range of options depending on the time of day and each passenger’s taste.
Next time you’re planning a domestic trip, visit Mango’s website (http://www.flymango.com). With great ticket prices and reliable service, you have every reason to fly Mango.
Mango in the NewsDuring November 2014, Mango Airlines received some bad press due to allegations that its outgoing CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, misrepresented his academic qualifications. The airline responded by defending Bezuidenhout’s academic track record, saying that he never misrepresented his qualifications in his CV. The decision to re-employ Bezuidenhout as acting CEO of SAA is a decision also firmly supported by the Board of SAA.
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