BritishWorld From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 16426 times:
I'm a big fan of this livery too.
In fact, I find everything about Kalula quite wonderful; in stark contrast to the "screw you" approach of some LCCs like Ryanair, I've found flying with Kalula to be a joy.
The highlight of any flight has to be the announcements from the crew; when landing in Port Elizabeth after a short hop from Cape Town, a booming voice came onto the PA system, saying "welcome to Zimbabwe!", which had everyone in the cabin briefly looking a bit surprised before all bursting into laughter; on the return hop to Cape Town, a hard bounce on the runway which turned into a go-around resulted in the first officer apologising over the PA, and asking if any of the passengers wanted to have a go instead; and even the pre-flight safety announcement on another hop to PE whereby passengers were told that in the event of cabin depressurisation, masks would drop from the compartments above - to use the masks, let go of the passenger next to you, stop screaming and pull the mask over your face.
Always reminds me of the very silly but amusing airline safety cards at www.airtoons.com.
I've never experienced anything like it elsewhere, but it's always a real pleasure to fly with Kalula, and this Flying 101 livery fits in perfectly with their ethos.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6825 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 16403 times:
This plane is AWESOME! Boeing really should have toured it around just for the greatness of it. Even though I would never see it, I wish Southwest would do one too... They could have signs that say "Free Baggage Zone", "Best Class Seat", etc.. but oh well..
Funny you should say that! Last year we had a ticket on 1TIME and went to the wrong aiport in Joburg (we went to Lanseria, but had a ticket for O'Tambo - long story). Anyway, at Lanseria, the station manager himself came to us and tried to do everything possible to get us out of Lanseria that day. However, all but the very last flight were full, and the last one outrageously expensive on such short notice. But he was so nice and helpful, made calls for us, and finally suggested we should get a taxi to O'Tambo and try to get a flight from there. He even negotiated with the taxi driver for a good fare - and that knowing that we won't buy a ticket on Kulula. What a service, compared to European LCCs!!! Kulula gets my business if/when I return to South Africa!
P.S.: Thanks to him getting us a taxi quickly, and us having been early at the check-in in Lanseria, we even made the booked original flight on 1TIME (who, by the way, were pretty darn good as well).
Johannesburg : kulula’s latest plane design has been a worldwide hit after being seen by plane-spotters en-route to South Africa. Photos of the new livery dubbed “Flying 101” have since been viewed by millions having appeared on some of the world’s leading blogs, spurring a frenzy of online comments.
All this before it even touched down in South Africa.The design covers the planes exterior in a tongue-in-cheek guide to the various parts of the planes interior, such as the “Mile-high initiation chamber”.
The plane is just one of a fleet expansion of eight state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800s (each with a unique livery). As these planes will be replacing the 737-400’s currently used in kulula’s fleet, South Africans can look forward to spotting the new 800’s during this year.
“The “Flying 101” was conceptualised and designed by kulula’s in-house design department. This branding idea is a result of our 2010 strategy to demystify air travel for our fans,” comments Nadine Damen, kulula Marketing Manager.
“Initially spotted by plane-spotters across the globe, our “Flying 101” plane has become famous on the world wide web before touching South African soil,” continues Damen. “We’ve been amazed by the number of blogs that have posted “Flying 101” images as well as the large number of people talking about the new branding on Twitter.”
The first Boeing, branded with the “Flying 101,” landed in Johannesburg on Monday, 8th February 2010 and will start operating from 13th February 2010. The second Boeing is currently undergoing its transformation and will appear to kulula fans much like an oversized container box, with the words “this way up” printed on its side, is scheduled to start operating on the 8th February 2010.
Both aircraft are on a long term lease from Transavia. Kulula have 8 brand new B738's on order from Boeing which they will receive within the next year or two. Their current two operate out of the following airports : JNB/CPT/DUR/GRJ/HLA.