Award Winning Low Cost Carrier
On October 26, 2015, kulula.com, the award-winning low-cost carrier, made an inaugural flight using the latest aircraft within their ever-increasing fleet – the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800.
Among the aircraft’s most striking features is the Boeing Sky Interior, together with its enlarged windows, over-sized overhead stowage bins, and modernized sculpted sidewalls. The interiors are also kitted with LED “mood” lighting which can be used to light up cabin space with different colour schemes to further the improve ambience for passengers.
In order to boost passenger onboard experience more, there’s been a redesign in the reading light switches, which are now far easier to locate and thus serve to avoid any confusion between reading light function and the fight-attendant call button.
Further, the in-flight speaker system has now been integrated within passenger service units in each row, thereby optimising clarity of all onboard announcements – to date, recongnised as a common bug-bear for airline passengers.
This, the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800, represents the initial commercialised jet airplane to be certified for landings using Ground Positioning System (GPS), thereby permitting more efficiency and accuracy in terms of landing capabilities on account of new satellite technology.
The aircraft has also been fitted with Split Scimitar Winglets (SSW), affording further state-of-the-art technology and aiding to reduce the consumption of fuel on a per aircraft basis of 1.4 percent. In terms of average savings per aircraft, this equates to an economy of R1.3 million per year in comparison to the previous Boeing 737 model.
The B737-800 likewise provides for extra capacity in correlation to the older kulula fleet. Seating capacity for each flight is now 189 passengers, which compares to a prior seating capacity of 157 passengers; an increase of some 32 passengers.
Additionally, the new 737 models come equipped with the latest CFM56-7BE engine program. These high-bypass turbofan engines, made by CMF International, permit the aircraft to operate at a cooler temperature. In turn, this means that maintenance necessity is reduced, and grants the lessening of fuel requirement.
This fleet upgrade strategy signifies kulula.com with the capacity to operate the newest and eco-friendliest fleet of commercial aircraft within the confines of the entire country. It represents a total investment of R2.5 billion for the airline’s modernised fleet, the last of which was delivered in October.