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Status updates and tweets are about to soar across South Africa this month as a local airline launches its “Fly Social” campaign.

Passengers flying with budget airliner Mango will be able to access social network sites Facebook and Twitter for free during flights throughout the month of August as part of the airline’s “Fly Social” campaign. Access will be provided via the in-flight WiFi provided by Wireless G, which has been providing in-flight WiFi on Mango flights since May 2012.

To access the rest of the Web and check e-mail via the in-flight WiFi, Mango passengers will be charged half the usual price, paying just R25 for a standard one way pass – which expires three hours after activation – instead of the usual R50. For those making a same day roundtrip, Mango and Wireless G have slashed the price for a one day pass from R90 to R50 per day.

Wireless G is also introducing two new in-flight WiFi products: a one week pass for R90 that will expire seven days after activation, and a one month, super WiFi traveller’s pass for R250 that will expire either after 30 days or after 300 minutes of usage. The one month pass will not only place the Internet within reach at 30 000 feet above ground, but will also connect users to more than 1 800 hotspots on the ground nationwide.

The August discount is reportedly to celebrate the end of G Connect’s in-flight WiFi beta testing phase on Mango.
“The first week of August signals the final stretch of the G-Connect in-flight WiFi beta period,” says Carel van der Merwe, CEO of Wireless G. “Five out of the Mango Airlines’ six aircraft are now enabled with the service, with the sixth scheduled to come online at the end of September.”

Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout says the uptake of in-flight WiFi has been “phenomenal”. “Approximately 8% of all guests on enabled aircraft are online during flight at this time. This is in line with global usage benchmarks. Discounting usage as we approach the end of the beta phase as well as opening up social media at no cost should drive increased adoption of the service.”

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