Mango Airlines SOC Ltd, also referred to simply as Mango, is owned by the state of South Africa and represents a low-cost airline. It was established in 2006, and was originally set up as a South African Airways subsidiary to operate as a scheduled domestic budget service. The airline’s main base is at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.
About Mango Airlines History:
The airline was launched in October of 2006, with the first flight taking place in mid-November 2006.
As a budget airline, Mango’s seating is high density and the aircraft fleet are entirely uniform. The airline also provides an online ticketing service.
The company operate eight aircraft in all, all of which is the Boeing 737-800. These aircraft have a passenger capacity of 186.
Mango services the following routes:
- Johannesburg to Cape Town
- Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth
- Johannesburg to Durban
- Durban to Cape Town
- Bloemfontein to Cape Town
The airline additionally flies between Lanseria and Durban, and Lanseria and Cape Town.
In the latter half of 2016, Mango is destined to join forces with Star Alliance in terms of becoming a Connecting Partner.
Associates and Ownership:
The company is owned outright by South African Airways, while this airline in itself is under the ownership of the South African government. The aircraft are maintained and serviced by SAA Technical.
The airline operates various flight services with respect to the following airports:
- OR Tambo International Airport Hub
- Lanseria International Airport
- Cape Town: Cape Town International Airport Focus city
- Bloemfontein: Bloemfontein Airport
- George: George Airport
- Durban: King Shaka International Airport
- Port Elizabeth: Port Elizabeth Airport
Zanzibar: Zanzibar International Airport
Voyager members of South African Airways can redeem air miles, which are known as SAA Voyager miles, though Mango Airlines. However, SAA Voyager miles are not yet available when travelling via Mango.
Further, there are no other benefits as part of the SAA Voyager program available, such as flight upgrades, additional baggage, or access to airport lounges, whenever SAA Voyager miles are used as payment towards a flight with Mango.
As of January 2016, the average age of Mango’s fleet was almost 16 years. It is made up of:
Aircraft in Fleet Number of Aircraft Passengers
Boeing 737-300 1 142
Boeing 737-800 9 186
Food and drink is not included as part of the price of a standard flight booking. There is instead a buy-on-board programme which provides food and drink that may be purchased.
The airline has an inflight magazine called Mango Juice in addition to their own television service – Mango TV, which consists of an entertainment programme and is viewable by way of the drop-down television sets that are positioned throughout the aircraft.
There is also inflight Wi-Fi which is available for a fee on all flights, with the exception of the older aircraft – the ZS-VDB. The Wi-Fi services are a provision of G-Connect, a localised internet broadband company.