Quick Airline Information:
The airline traces it roots as far back as 1948, under the name of Comair, the parent company of Kulula. With the new South African Aviation regulations, Comair was able to begin its first scheduled service using a new Cessna model 195. Carrying a pilot and four passengers, the Cessna followed the daily return route from Johannesburg to Durban via Kroonstad, Odendaalsrus, Bloemfontein, Bethlehem and Ladysmith. However, not being commercially viable, when Government support was rejected, the service was to come to an end. At the time, the Anglo American Corporation were developing gold mines in the Free State and approached Comair to continue the service, at least to the Free State Goldfields. A limited subsidy was referred and Comair continued to operate a scheduled route, to secure its existence.
The airline was still very small and few people knew about its existence out of the cities it served. However in 1992, with the arrival of the Boeing 737-200s and Fokker aircraft the airline carried almost 100,000 passengers a year with leisure travellers on safari dominating the market. The route network included services to Cape Town, Durban, Richards Bay, Skukuza and Manzini.
In 1996, Comair joined British Airways as a franchise partner and became known as British Airways Comair, taking on the colours and livery of British Airways International. The British Airways brand brought with it a rich heritage of stylish travel, reputation for service excellence and a wide range of products such as the prestigious Executive Club frequent flyer programme.
Then in 2001, British Airways, wholly owned subsidiary, Comair founded, South Africa's first 'no-frills' carrier, kulula.com. The name kulula is derived from the Zulu language meaning 'easily'. As Comair continues to position kulula.com as more than just an airline but rather an entire travel experience, the brand aims to provide customers with the easiest way to book, the easiest way to pay and above all, the easiest to afford.
In July 2012 kulula announced that it was operating the first of seven brand new Boeing 737-800s, with three to be in operation before the end of that year, and the remaining four to be delivered in 2015 and 2016.
Today, its a popular choice to fly Kulula on domestic routes and thinner international sectors as it establishes itself as the major player in the low cost African Market. The airline has grown with more Boeing 737-800 on order as it expands in presence not only in South Africa, it's home, but on the continent.
History source: Wikipedia.org + Kulula.com
Operations and Destinations 🌍:
Kulula is based at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport and operates domestic and international services to countries including Mauritius, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. International services are operated in code-share with its partner airline British Airways, operated by Comair. (except for the Nairobi, Kenya flights) It also has an important dominance at Cape Town, Durban and Lanseria. Kulula's main bases are at Jo’burg O R Tambo International (Johannesburg) (JNB) and Lanseria Airport (northern Johannesburg) (HLA). The airline flies to 7 destinations in 2 countries.
Kulula.com flies to the following destinations*:
|Region 🗺️||Destinations 🌍🌎🌏|
|✈South Africa (Domestic)||Jo’burg O R Tambo International (Johannesburg), Lanseria Airport (northern Johannesburg), Durban - King Shaka, George Airport (between Knysna and Mossel Bay), Cape Town, PE - Port Elizabeth, East London (South Africa).|
|✈Africa||Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Windhoek, Harare, Plaine Magnien, (operated by British Airways, Comair) Nairobi (operated by Kulula.com)|
*Destination list is for reference only. Please check directly with the airline for updates.
*Note some destinations are only seasonal.*Correct info as of Dec 2018.
The entire fleet of Kulula.com is based upon the Boeing 737 with all the aircraft being deployed as B737-800 although there is one older B737-400 still in operation waiting to be replaced as new examples join the fleet.
The fleet* of Kulula.com consists of the following aircraft:
|Network 🌐||Aircraft ✈️|
|✈Domestic and International||Boeing 737-400 (to be retired), B737-800|
*Correct fleet info as of Dec 2018.
Kulula Photo Slide 📷:
|✅Cheap flights when booked online in advance||👎 Food and drink for purchase on board.|
|✅ 20kg of luggage included with the ticket||👎 Not a member in any alliance for millage redemption|
|✅ Quick and easy check-in process and boarding|
|✅ Friendly and attentive cabin crew|