Mango to add two aircraft to its fleet but remains cautious about industry
Low cost airline Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout announced that the carrier will add two additional new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its fleet this year. The airline will operate ten aircraft between eight airports that represents capacity growth of 150% and network growth of 100% since its launch eight years ago. The new aircraft will be deployed, one at a time, at the end of October and November across Mango’s existing network. Bezuidenhout says that new routes are in the offing, but likely during the next six to eight months. “The domestic market is near saturation in terms of carriers while few routes remain available that we do not operate already.” He adds that the airline is in the process of reviewing several regional destinations at this time with the likelihood of another East African seaboard route. “Domestically we are reviewing options too, but at present it makes competitive sense to bulk up on our existing schedule.” Since its launch in 2006, Mango has been consistently profitable in six out of seven full fiscals completed. The carrier has also invested substantially in access to affordable airlift services, paired with innovation; it now holds the largest distribution network of any airline in the country. Mango now carries more than 200 000 Guests every month. Mango presently operates more than 40 flights daily between most of South Africa’s major centres as well as twice weekly flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar.