With low-cost airline Mango welcoming a sixth new-generation Boeing 737-800 to its fleet, five of the airline’s six aircraft are now enabled with in-flight WiFi and the sixth scheduled to come online at the end of September.
Mango's beta-testing of in-flight WiFi – the first airline in SOuth Africa to offer the service – ends in early-August, and to mark the home stretch of the beta phase Mango and partner G-Connect will discount all on-board Wi-Fi access by 50 percent on flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town during August.
What's more, all social media functionality on Facebook and Twitter will be at no cost to travellers, bar video uploads.
“Uptake of in-flight Wi-Fi has been phenomenal,” says Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. “Approximately eight percent of all Guests on enabled aircraft are online during flight at this time. This is in line with global usage benchmarks. Discounting usage as we approach the end of the beta phase as well as opening up social media at no cost should drive increased adoption of the service.”
He says that Mango aims to achieve at least 30 percent usage per flight by November.
Mango will also make flights available between Johannesburg and Cape Town from R699 and will offer free Facebook and Twitter on board all its aircraft enabled with G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi between 1-31 August.