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Kulula's Ridiculously Posh New Boeing  
User currently offlineVoyager From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 57 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20288 times:

Passengers traveling from Lanseria International Airport on no-frills airline kulula.com were in for a surprise when it launched its spanking new Boeing 737-800. “To launch we could have hosted a VIP party, invited a few ministers, celebrities and suits. Instead, in true kulula fashion, we turned the usual order of events on its head and celebrated with those VIPS that really matter – our passengers,” says Erik Venter, CEO of kulula.com.

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User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20186 times:

Brilliant. Loved that video.


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User currently offlineMayohoo From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20186 times:

That is genius...the first, second, third and fourth wife was a LOL!  

User currently offlineVoyager From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20138 times:

They always fun to fly with

see youtube for what they get up to on ordinary flights


User currently offlinegarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2647 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 19417 times:

Fantastic. Just utterly fantastic. It's doing things like this that can realy set an airline apart from the rest.
Have fund and put a touch of magic back into flying. While I know this flight was extra posh and overboard as a one off, but having the sense of humour to do that in the first place makes me want to fly them all the same!
I wish Kulula were a UK domestic airline!

Well done Kulula and long may you enjoy tail winds.

[Edited 2012-07-26 12:09:26]


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User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 19142 times:
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Great video,
One question, changing the subject slightly, are all the new 737-800s going to operate under the Kulula brand?

I fly with both the BA and Kulula side of this operation, and the BA branded aircraft are noticeably a bit tattier on the inside... Putting brand new 737-800s on the Kulula operation while keeping 25 year old 737-3/400s on the BA side of things seems a bit nuts given the relative fares paid.

On the plus side BA/Comairs "Club" service beats the pants off "Club Europe"...! Separate starter tray, choice of 3 hot main courses, separate choice of deserts or cheese, and a full bar service... all on a 90 minute sector... and all hand-run (no trolleys)... amazing. The only thing they let themselves down on is the middle seat, the rows convert to increase seat width and lose the B seat, but unlike BA they don't leave the middle seat free on the DEF side.

Good product though... Would love to see the 737-800 offering it!

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User currently offlineTbone354 From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 18309 times:
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Not bad. Nice to see an airline treat passengers like passengers and not cattle, even if it is a one time thing. Reminded me of "the old days" when flying was something special. We used to wear our best Sunday suits, not halter tops, cut off short shorts, and flip flops. I could have done with out the roving violin player and vocalist though.

User currently offlineATLTPA From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 14680 times:

Quoting Tbone354 (Reply 6):
Not bad. Nice to see an airline treat passengers like passengers and not cattle, even if it is a one time thing.

Agree completely!

Very cool!

Thanks for posting this, Voyager!

ATLTPA


User currently offlineRevo1059 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 14612 times:

Wow, an airline that actually considered its passengers. A novel concept. Love the comment about the free O2. I could see FR or NK charging a fee for O2......  

[Edited 2012-07-26 18:24:13]

[Edited 2012-07-26 18:24:29]

User currently offlineghifty From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 14089 times:

Quoting Tbone354 (Reply 6):
I could have done with out the roving violin player and vocalist though.

Everything else made the event "posh." Without the violinist and vocalist it wouldn't have been "ridiculously posh." 

"Music to [fly] by, now I know I'm in first class."

Quoting Tbone354 (Reply 6):
We used to wear our best Sunday suits, not halter tops, cut off short shorts, and flip flops.

IMO, the current offerings of the carriers reflect what society, in general is. Air travel was classier back then because the travelers were classier (and willing to pay). Now they're just exactly what you described.



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User currently offlineplunaaircanada From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13098 times:

Quoting ghifty (Reply 9):
IMO, the current offerings of the carriers reflect what society, in general is. Air travel was classier back then because the travelers were classier (and willing to pay). Now they're just exactly what you described.

It was classier back then because most people couldn't afford it - it was not about who was WILLING to pay those fares it was about who COULD pay those fares. That is why flying was classier back then



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User currently offlineusair330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 822 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12776 times:

Amazing is the only word I can use to make a sentence.

User currently offlinejetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7408 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 12714 times:
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They even got a little 737 model to take home with them


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User currently offlineviasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1874 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 10093 times:

Love it... alltimes great ideas from Kulula...

User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24926 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9723 times:

Quoting Crosswind (Reply 5):

WTF is a FC/TOM 757 doing in CPT in that pic?!?



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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10694 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 9071 times:

Wonderful idea and execution! Great launch indeed.

User currently offlineairsmiles From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 5338 times:

I think the First Choice B757 was chartered for a World Tour.

Nick


User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 5062 times:

I'm jealous of thr models they got!  Wow!   

User currently offlineakelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2191 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 4657 times:

In shock and awe here. Way to go Kulula!

User currently offline135mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 412 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 4536 times:
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Quoting Tbone354 (Reply 6):
Not bad. Nice to see an airline treat passengers like passengers and not cattle, even if it is a one time thing. Reminded me of "the old days" when flying was something special. We used to wear our best Sunday suits, not halter tops, cut off short shorts, and flip flops. I could have done with out the roving violin player and vocalist though.

Those were the days! UA used to serve a FULL breakfast on the 45-50 min hop between CLE and ORD ... was great and the F/A's were awesome and treated people so well!


User currently offline135mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 412 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 4490 times:
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Quoting ghifty (Reply 9):
IMO, the current offerings of the carriers reflect what society, in general is. Air travel was classier back then because the travelers were classier (and willing to pay). Now they're just exactly what you described.

That is so very true! Employee families couldn't even think about wearing jeans/levis, even if they were brand new!


User currently offlineSAA380 From South Africa, joined Mar 2008, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 19 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

Great airline.

I have flown with them a couple of times and not only do they beat any other low-cost airline in South Africa, they also beat SA by FAR. Every flight feels special and focused toward keeping the pax (Or as they like to call them: "Kulula fans") happy, yet still being professional. Can't wait to fly their new 738!

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