South African Airways extends code share agreement with Mango, its low cost operator
JOHANNESBURG. 17 December 2013. South African Airways (SAA) announced that effective 13 December its existing code share agreement with stable mate low cost airline Mango, will be extended to also include further coastal cities in South Africa, as well as Bloemfontein.
SAA already has a code share agreement in place with Mango for operating flights between Cape Town and Durban, as well as on the route between Lanseria Airport and Cape Town.
The existing code share will now be extended to include the routes between Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and George. Other routes to be included are those between Cape Town and Bloemfontein and Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Flights have been available for sale from 13 December 2013.
Mango will continue to be the operating carrier with SAA placing its code “SA” on the above flights as the marketing carrier. SAA customers will therefore travel on a ticket starting with “SA” and then the flight number, while Mango customers will travel on a ticket starting with the “JE” code.
Voyager members will earn miles only if they book their flights on the SAA flight number, as is the case on the Mango flights between Durban – Cape Town and Lanseria – Cape Town.
“The new agreement represents an expansion of an existing, successful code share partnership, in place since 2010 between Cape Town and Durban as well as from Lanseria to Cape Town. It is in line with strategic imperatives as indicated in Gaining Altitude, SAA’s Long-Term Turnaround Strategy, whereby focus is placed on intra group operational efficiency and commercial impetus,” says Kendy Phohleli, SAA General Manager Commercial (Acting). “Mango’s exceptional on-time performance record, its quality on-board product and growing domestic network provides a natural value-fit to SAA and its passengers.”
Mango Chief Executive Officer Nico Bezuidenhout welcomes the agreement. “The success of existing code-share activities between the carriers bodes well for further intra-group network growth; by adding greater network choice through collaboration, not only will SAA passengers benefit, but commercially it represents a giant leap forward for both brands.”
About South African Airways
South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, operates to 42 destinations worldwide. In its domestic market SAA has an extensive schedule operating 660 flights in total per week between Johannesburg – Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, from its Johannesburg hub, as well as code-shared flights between Lanseria – Cape Town and Durban. SAA offers more frequencies than any other airline in South Africa. Regionally, SAA offers 26 destinations across the African continent including Abidjan, Accra, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Douala, Entebbe, Harare, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Livingstone, Luanda, Lusaka, Maputo, Mauritius, Nairobi, Ndola, Pointe Noire, Victoria Falls and Windhoek. SAA’s international network creates links to all major continents from South Africa through 11 direct routes and code shares, with daily flights from Johannesburg to London (Heathrow), Frankfurt, Munich, Mumbai, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Washington, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. SAA has codes share agreements with 27 other airlines across the markets it serves. SAA’s core business is the provision of passenger airline and cargo transport services together with related services, which are provided through SAA and its four wholly owned subsidiaries: SAA Technical; Mango its low cost carrier; Air Chefs, the catering entity of SAA and South African Travel Centre (SATC). SAA is a Star Alliance member which offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. SAA is the winner of the 'Best Airline in Africa’ Award in the regional category for eleven consecutive years. Mango and SAA hold the number one and number two successive spots as South Africa’s most on-time airlines.
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