kulula bids farewell to old aircraft

A new age has dawned for kulula.com as it bid farewell to the last of its old MD82 aircraft today. The aircraft, which have been in operation for over 5 years, are being replaced by more modern and fuel-efficient Boeing 737-400 aircraft in a R800 million fleet upgrade programme.

According to kulula's joint CEO, Gidon Novick, "The new aircraft save us a huge amount of money and at the same time will allow us to improve our reliability and achieve our on time departure target of 90%." He added, "The efficiencies come not only from a 15% fuel cost saving but also from lower maintenance costs and a single pilot pool."

The last flight MD82 flight will take place on the Jo'burg - George route. The old aircraft will either be sold to other local airlines or scrapped.

Meanwhile kulula has brought in 2 Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Europe on short-term leases to help cater for the record summer volumes that it is experiencing. In December alone kulula carried more than 200,000 customers. The European aircraft are being operated by flight crews from the Netherlands and the Czech Republic and will be flying for kulula until the end of April.