Osman Mollagee wrote to Consumer Watch, complaining about the 'the sneaky and unacceptable way that Mango airlines website booking system operates to trick people into paying for travel insurance'. PICTURE: Matthew Jordaan

Pretoria - Low-cost carrier Mango has become the first African airline to launch a booking, payment and brand engagement application on the BlackBerry 10 platform.

Using the app, guests can search and book flights, receive notifications and browse airline news. The app is available on BlackBerry, with functionality that includes payments with Edgars and Jet account cards.

Mango spokesman Hein Kaiser said the airline’s mobile site, launched last year, had positively affected Mango’s bottom line.

“Our mandate of accessibility of air travel compels Mango to continue seeking pioneering distribution channels and payment methodologies,” he said.

“We were the first South African airline to offer retail flight bookings through Shoprite and Checkers. Extending our network to mobile platforms means we can do business, no matter where or when. Mobile technology turns every smartphone into a shop window.” – Pretoria News