JOHANNESBURG - Mango has stated it is in discussions with SAA Technical in an attempt to avoid any flights being grounded.
SAA Technical has informed both Mango and SAA that it will be suspending services due to non-payment.
Just when air travel demand is picking up, Mango's entire fleet may have to be grounded.
Even though SAA is not flying domestically yet, it has a number of chartered flights scheduled for the week.
If SAA technical does not resume its services, those flights will also be grounded.
SAA Technical plans to withdraw its services because it's owed millions of rands.
SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali said, "SAA technical has sent communication to SAA about the suspension. Because SAA hasn't been able to meet its obligations regarding payments. Reality SAA technical is pursuing its commercial interests and needs to ensure its customers are able to pay for services rendered."
Mango said its operations are running as normal and customers will be notified if their flight has been cancelled.
Mango spokesperson Benediction Zubane said, "Mango can confirm that ongoing key and sensitive discussions are taking place between Mango and SAAT currently to continue with operations under this difficult times. Mango is currently operating as normal and all customers should always check the website to any changes to their flights."
No aircraft can take to the skies without a thorough check from the technical crew.
Tlali explained, "on a practical level for a flight that must take off, there is a step that's referred to as a pre-flight inspection before any aircraft can take off. That's one of the important services that must be rendered."
For now, it's all dependent on whether SAA Technical and the two airlines come to an agreement or the debt is paid.