A South African Airways A340-600 on approach to Frankfurt. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Fabian Behr)

Mango’s Fleet Grounded Over Non-Payment, Still In ‘Critical Discussions’ with Maintenance

South African Airways Technical (SAAT) has withdrawn its maintenance services effective Sept. 27, due to outstanding payments owed by South African Airways budget carrier Mango Airlines. The entire fleet of Mango Airlines now remains grounded with Mango flights currently being operated by Johannesburg-based Global Aviation Operations, confirmed Operations Manager Sybrand Strachan to ch-aviation. The low-cost carrier now remains hopeful that a resolution can be found in the ongoing discussions with SAAT. "Critical discussions with Mango and SAAT are still continuing…