In their history, Mango first launched end of October 2006 with their first flight taking to the skies on 15th November 2006.
Their launch marked one of the largest e-commerce events at the time with more than 10 000 flight requests clocked per minute during the first two days following its launch.
Benchmarked against international best practice in the low cost carrier sectors, they have operated with the best on-time performance in South African skies for the past years and continue to have the lowest cost base domestically – allowing for continued affordable fares. Mango operates a fleet of new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a seating capacity of 186. Their aircraft are maintained by South African Airways Technical.
They report to be known as South Africa’s most innovative airline. They say they are the only African airline to offer on-board Wi-Fi, the first carrier to retail flights through grocer Shoprite Checkers, the first to offer booking and payment facilities via mobile app and remain the only airline in the world to accept store charge cards (Edgars/Jet) as payment online and through their call center.
Ch-aviation reports, the CEO of Mango Airlines (JE, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has said that the airline will look at renewing its fleet as its current leases expire beginning 2020. Speaking with African Aerospace, Nick Vlok said that Mango will either stick with newer versions of the B737-800, or consider entirely new aircraft.
At present, Mango operates ten B737-800s on flights connecting South Africa’s major cities – Johannesburg served through Johannesburg O.R. Tambo and Lanseria as well as Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban King Shaka, George and Port Elizabeth – with Zanzibar its only international destination.
Vlok suggested the airline might increase frequencies on four of its domestic routes, but is otherwise “quite happy” with current operations.
Mango is the low-cost subsidiary of government-owned South African Airways (SA, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo). South African media reported that the airline suffered a net loss of ZAR36.9 million (USD2.8 million) in the last financial year.
About Mango Airlines
Type: Scheduled Carrier
Base: Johannesburg O.R. Tambo
Daily Flights: 54