Mango tackles BBE in growth plan

2013-09-18 07:51
Johannesburg - Low cost airline Mango and South African Express Airways (SAX) are to collaborate through the existing SAX Cadet Pilot scheme, to see cadet pilots from disadvantaged or previously disenfranchised backgrounds absorbed into Mango’s pilot body.

The pilots will undergo a rigorous training programme on Mango's fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft as part of the low cost airline's greater transformation and social engagement programme.

“The initiative represents the next step in Mango’s commitment to support transformation in a principled, sustainable and responsible manner,” says CEO Nico Bezuidenhout.

Mango said in a statement that it holds the highest BBBEE level (5) among scheduled mainline carriers in South Africa and is aiming to achieve a 10% black pilot representation level by March 2014.

“This amounts to more than twice the average black pilot representation in the domestic industry,” says Bezuidenhout.

Inati Ntshanga, CEO of SAX, says that the partnership complements the carrier’s existing programme.

“The initiative will provide greater sustainability in terms of the programme and allows for career progression beyond our aircraft gauge with the opportunity to gain type ratings on Mango’s larger aircraft type,” said Ntshanga.

The initiative also forms part of Mango’s strategic growth plan.

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