South African Airways (SAA) code share with low cost airline Mango will be extended to include other coastal cities in South Africa, the national carrier said on 17 December 2013.
“Effective 13 December, SAA’s 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,” said SAA.
A code share agreement is 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 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,” said Kendy Phohleli, Acting SAA General Manager for Commercial.
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.
Mango Chief Executive Officer Nico Bezuidenhout welcomed 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.”