Mango still locked in 'critical discussions' with fleet maintenance group

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Low-cost carrier Mango says "critical discussions" with SAA Technical (SAAT) are continuing on Sunday and it is "hopeful of a resolution".

This comes after reports that SAAT - the fleet maintenance subsidiary of state-owned carrier SAA - wanted to withdraw its support for the airline due to alleged non-payment.

"Mango continues to operate as per schedule under these challenging times and all customers are always urged to check Mango’s website for any changes to their flight status," said Mango spokesperson, Benediction Zubane, in a statement on Sunday. "We remain resolute to flying all our Guests to their respective destinations as planned and especially over this weekend."

On Saturday SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali told eNCA that SAA technical had sent communications to SAA about the suspension because as SAA hadn't been able to meet its obligations regarding payments. Mango is a subsidiary of SAA.

The flag carrier was placed into business rescue in December 2019.  While the rescue plan was accepted by creditors in mid-July, the Department of Public Enterprises has since then been trying to "mobilise" about R10.3 billion to fund the continued operation of the airline and pay out severance packages. 

If Mango's discussions with SAAT don't yield the desired outcome, it would mean the airline would effectively be temporarily grounded as all aircraft need to be inspected by a technical support crew before they can be cleared to fly.

* This article was updated at 12:50 on Sunday, September 27. 

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