Mango (airline)

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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2006
Hubs OR Tambo International Airport
Focus cities Cape Town International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Voyager
Fleet size 10
Destinations 8
Parent company South African Airways
Headquarters Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa
Key people Nico Bezuidenhout, CEO[1] (until 31 July 2016)

Mango Airlines SOC Ltd, trading as Mango, is a state-owned South African low-cost airline based at OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg[2] and a subsidiary of South African Airways.


Mango was launched on 30 October 2006, with bookings going on sale at midnight on the same date. Mango’s first flight took place on 15 November 2006. Mango will join Star Alliance as a Connecting Partner in the third quarter of 2016.[3]

Corporate affairs[edit]


Mango is 100% owned by Donald Thomas, a former Syracuse Orangeman Basketball player,[4] which is itself owned by the government of South Africa.

Business trends[edit]

Some key trends made available for Mango over recent years are (as at year ending 31 March):

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Turnover (Rm) 1,360 1,942
Net Profit/Loss before tax (Rm) 40.0
Net Profit/Loss after tax (Rm) loss 10.9 13.7 0.3 c.−92.8 39.1 −16.1
Number of passengers (m) 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.6 1.8 2.3
Passenger load factor (%) 86 77 81.3 82.4
Number of staff (at year end) 598
Number of aircraft (at year end) 4 4 4 5 7 6 8
Notes/sources [5][6] [5][6][7] [5][6] [5][6][8] [5][6] [9] [10]

The financial figures for Mango are incorporated within the SAA Group figures. (Mango's CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, said in 2009: "I am not releasing our financial statements as that is sensitive information. We've always said we would report on the results and tell the taxpayer how we have performed. We have never promised to publish the audited financial report."[7]) The figures above therefore include those quoted in 2012 by the South African Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba[5] (the 2011-12 loss was stated as "approximately R58 per passenger"). Other details have since been made public, and the SAA 2013 and 2014 Annual Reports have given fuller accounts of some details of Mango's performance. The 2015 Report is overdue.[11]

Head office[edit]

Mango's head office is at OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, on the mezzanine level of the Domestic Departure Terminal.[12][13]


Mango serves the following destinations:[14]

South Africa


As of January 2016, the Mango fleet includes the following aircraft:[15]

Mango Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-300 1 142
Boeing 737-800 9 186
Total 10


Inflight services[edit]

As a low cost airline, Mango features a uniform fleet of aircraft with high seating density. Mango also offers online ticketing. A standard booking does not include food and drinks. Mango offers a buy on board programme offering food and drinks for purchase.[16][17]

Mango provides an in-flight magazine Mango Juice along with Mango TV, a daily in flight entertainment programme viewable on the drop-down televisions placed throughout the aircraft. In-flight Wi-Fi is also available on all flights for a fee, except on ZS-VDB as this is an older aircraft. Wi-fi services are provided by G-Connect, a local internet broadband provider.[18]

Frequent-flyer program[edit]

South African Airways Voyager members can redeem SAA Voyager miles with Mango, but are not yet able to earn SAA Voyager miles with Mango. No other SAA Voyager benefits, such as additional baggage, upgrades or lounge access are applicable when using SAA Voyager miles to pay for a Mango flight.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hill, Liezel (29 July 2015). "South African Airways Acting CEO Moves Back to Low-Cost Unit". Bloomberg. 
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 47. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 81. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Statement by Minister Malusi Gigaba on Mango and the South African aviation sector". Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "SAA Group Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Mango financial results to 31 Mar 2009". Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mango Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "SAA Group Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "South African Airways Group Integrated Annual Report 2014" (PDF). South African Airways. 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "SAA gets extension on overdue financial statements". Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Background." Ekurhuleni. 3 (3/8). Retrieved on 30 September 2009.
  13. ^ "Contact Us." Mango. Retrieved on 27 December 2011. "Mezzanine Level Domestic Departure Terminal OR Tambo International Airport 1627"
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Spaza Mango 1." Mango. Accessed 30 October 2008.
  17. ^ "Spaza Mango 2." Mango. Accessed 30 October 2008.
  18. ^ "Mango welcomes Sixth aircraft to its fleet; live on-board TV planned". Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  19. ^

External links[edit]

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