Celebrating ten years of flights, Mango looks back on its history as one of South Africa’s first low-cost airlines. Did you know that:
- Ten years ago Mango went on sale with the largest e-commerce event of its time, notching up more than 10 000 fare queries per minute online in the opening days of trade.
- Mango’s first flight, JE 123 from Johannesburg to Cape Town, took to the skies on 15 November 2006 when the airline launched with its first four Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Today Mango operates a fleet of 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft and in most months recently recorded it has become the largest domestic airline by traveler volume.
- Mango was the first domestic low-cost airline to retail through Shoprite and Checkers Money Market Counters, it was the first airline in the world (and remains so to this day) that accepts store account cards (Edcon’s account cards) as payment method online and through its call centre.
- Innovation is a cornerstone of the airline’s business case; Mango was the first African airline to launch an app for booking, payment and travel management across all major mobile platforms and remains the only airline on the continent to offer in-flight Wi-Fi on some of its aircraft.
- Mango has carried over 20 million guests during its first decade across over a million flights.
- During the last decade Mango operated more than 126 000 flights across 8 network points and accumulated in excess of 183 000 flight hours during that time.
- Mango’s average on-time arrival performance over the past ten years averages well over 90%. The airline has been profitable in the majority of completed fiscals.
- Mango contributed in excess of R100m to the national fiscus through collection of taxes and fees.
- Mango is one of the most transformed airlines in South Africa and also employs the most transformed low cost airline pilot body in the country, exceeding its target of 10% black pilots set in 2014/15 by 6%.
- The airline is also highly engaged in the community; its philosophy of being an airline for all the people of South Africa has come to life over the past ten years. During that time Mango has constructed several vegetable gardens in underprivileged communities for purposes of job creation through cooperative urban agriculture and nutrition, while nearly 160 000 learners’ lives have been touched through the origination of and participation in Career Days across the country.
- The airline has also, over the years, been involved with several other community projects and also celebrates its eighth year as a UNICEF partner in aid of development of South African youth and its fifth year of support of the Joburg Ballet development initiative across several underprivileged areas in Gauteng.
“I am extremely proud to be part of Team Mango,” says Acting Chief Executive Nic Vlok. “Mango has over achieved against its original mandate, and since our launch in 2006 we have carried an estimated 2 million first time flyers, roughly equating to just under 10% of our overall volume,” he adds that accessibility and affordability remain cornerstones of the airline. “Through innovation, maintaining a lower cost base and making it as easy for Guests to do business with us as possible has stood the airline in great stead.”
Did you know: Edgars Club members can now save up to 15% on Mango flights for travel in November and February next year?