Mango plans live TV

2012-07-24 09:12

Airline lauches in-flight wireless

2012-05-09 08:36

Mango has launched an in-flight wireless broadband connection. With about a 115 passengers on-board, everyone was looking forward to what was supposed to be the first of its kind in SA but not everything went according to plan. WATCH

At the end of next week Mango will take delivery of a sixth new-generation B737-800, the fifth to be enabled with the G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi service, Tourism Update reports.

The G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi service is rapidly gaining popularity, with a growing number of travellers logging on to the service. "During the first month of the beta phase, approximately 1 000 guests per operational aircraft made use of the service. We expect this to quadruple in the next couple of months as our entire fleet comes online and testing ends after October," said Mango CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout. Presently only a very low outage rate, measured in seconds and mostly unnoticeable, makes the service more stable than many land-based networks.

Bezuidenhout added that once the G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi service is rolled out across its fleet, a second beta phase will introduce live television and other entertainment options to its flights. 

The aircraft will be deployed on Mango's existing network, operating an optimised schedule as the airline looks to gain increased market share on its domestic routes. The new schedule is already available. Mango also plans to introduce further online innovation while progressing with pending regional expansion.

"Mango has made significant market share gains over the past 12 months, with overall market-share on routes that we operate growing to just under 20% from 15% in early 2011, said CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout.

He attributes the airline's growth to competitive pricing as well as gains in brand equity and continued growth in accessibility and wide payment method acceptances. "In today's challenging market it is essential to cast one's net as wide as possible and to seek creative operational solutions and innovation on an on-going basis."

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