|Parent company||Comair Limited|
|Headquarters||Bonaero Park, Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Key people||Erik Venter, Iain Meaker|
kulula.com, sometimes simply known as kulula, (from the Nguni languages of Zulu and Xhosa, meaning It's easy[a]) is a South African no-frills airline, operating on major domestic routes out of OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport, both just outside of Johannesburg.
kulula.com was established in July 2001 and started operations as South Africa's first 'no-frills' carrier in August of that year. The stated aim is to position kulula.com as more than just an airline brand, but to include booking, paying and making 'the complete travel experience' affordable.
In July 2012 kulula announced that they were operating the first of seven brand new Boeing Next Generation 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.
Financial and operational results for kulula.com are not separately disclosed, but are fully incorporated within the annual results for Comair Limited (for years ending 30 June).
As of June 2013 kulula.com serves the following destinations:
- Cape Town – Cape Town International Airport Focus city
- Durban – King Shaka International Airport Focus city
- East London – East London Airport
- George – George Airport
As of December 2012, the kulula.com fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 9.3 years:
kulula.com has become known for its distinctive, brightly coloured and often humorous livery. One of the aircraft, known as Flying 101, is covered with a legend describing the different parts of the airplane.
Marketing dispute during the 2010 FIFA World Cup
In 2010 kulula.com was forced by FIFA to stop a campaign describing itself as the "Unofficial National Carrier of the You-Know-What", which took place "Not next year, not last year, but somewhere in between", obviously referring to the 2010 FIFA World Cup which took place in South Africa at that time. Another advert announced "affordable flights [to] everybody except Sepp Blatter" (the FIFA president), who was offered a free seat "for the duration of that thing that is happening right now".
- This "word" is made of the general verbal present particle ku- and the root lula: easy or light (both easy and not heavy).
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- Disputed marketing campaign, "Africa", News (report) (UK: The BBC).
- "Picture", Flickr, Yahoo!.
- The advert, Facebook.
- The advert, Facebook.
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