In a huff about Mango Airlines: why the name isn't really so bad

By admin
27 November 2013

Low-cost airline Mango was selected by The Huffington Post as one of the 10 airlines worldwide with the “most sketchy-sounding airline names”.

According to this list, Mango has the third-vaguest name in the world. Solar Air, of Thailand, is vaguest and Peach, of Japan, is second-vaguest.

“What do you mean, South Africa?” The Huffington Post’s Suzy Strutner asked. “Like, the flight crew is sweet like a mango? The plane hangs high in the air like an unripe mango? It’s going to . . . fall to the ground like a mango?”

In response to her questions, Hein Kaiser, Mango’s spokesperson, says it’s pretty cheeky of a journalist who probably hasn’t been to South Africa and doesn’t know the airline to come to such conclusions. When YOU approached him about the ranking list he had never heard of it. But he said the name’s origin was boring, not at all exciting.

“Before the airline had a name the directors were going through colour cards in search of the best colour for the aircraft’s seat covers and by chance came across bright orange.

“The name of the bright orange on the colour card was ‘mango’. When we saw it, it was like a eureka moment. It’s an energetic, efficient colour full of life and we felt it would best match the culture we wanted to cultivate. So we called the company Mango Airlines.”

He adds that since the airline’s founding in 2006 no Mango aircraft has crashed, as Suzy wondered in her article.

“Our aircraft are maintained by SAA Technical and their work is of the best in the world.”

“Safety is one of our top priorities and our aircraft have never fallen to the ground like a mango.”

– Christiaan Boonzaier

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