South African Airways and Mango rationalise product availability in domestic market

    South African Airways (SAA) and Mango announced (14-Dec-2017) plans to rationalise their network for improved efficiencies and optimal aircraft utilisation through a revised airline brand schedule, effective 15-Jan-2018. The rationalisation programme, which will see additional Mango domestic services, follows the announcement of network changes as part of SAA‘s turnaround plan in Sep-2017. These initiatives form part of the five year turnaround plan to return the business to commercial sustainability. SAA and Mango currently offer 200 weekly services between Johannesburg and Durban and 278 weekly services between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Once fully implemented, Mango will operate 132 weekly Johannesburg-Durban services and 116 weekly Johannesburg-Cape Town services while SAA will operate 68 weekly services between Johannesburg and Durban and 162 return services between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The changes will be reflected in all distribution systems, effective 12-Dec-2017. Mango services will operate with Boeing 737-800s and SAA will discontinue operating A340-600s on Johannesburg-Cape Town service. [more – original PR]