Flying above the norm

Posted: 02/07/2013 in Uncategorized
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So people and events can inspire us but what about companies ?

I think they can and I have a very good point in case here.

Air travel is now as common place as catching any other form of public transport. Be it a train or a bus. In some cases here in the UK its cheeper to catch a plane from Birmingham to say Glasgow than it is to do the same trip on a train! Madness I know! The UK and Europe is full of low cost airlines that cart thousands of people to0 and from there destinations daily. But these trips have only become a mundane affair of airport security, customs, immigration and air line rules and regulations. Its all dull and hardly the excitement of the big thrill of flying any more. Hardly inspiring at all. They are all the same! Robots to the system! Lemmings to rules and regulations. Yes I know these rules and regulations keep us all safe and sound. But none of these air lines stand out above the rest as they are all so normal and so similar. Granted some offer slightly higher levels of professionalism and service, but at a price so you do expect it.

But are they really all the same ? NO !

South Africa in recent years have have a few of these low cost airlines but one of them will not be put in the same box as the other airlines. They want their own identity and to be known to be the airline that has broken the mould and that you can still comply with the strict aviation regulations and ensure a top class service without being too stuck up.

Kulula Airways in South Africa is breaking the mould in all manor of shapes and sizes.  From there really bizarre  and humours safety briefing to their humous livery on their plane’s ( examples of both bellow ) they make one hell of a statement.

I really love this airline, they are unique in the way they go about their business. They are not scared to show their true colours ( a very bright green so you can’t miss them ! ) and fly proudly being their good humours self. They go to show that you don’t need to conform or shy away from being yourself. You can be bold and a bit brash and still be noticed and respected.

So the lesson here is ……….

Be yourself ! Dont’ take life too serous, ever ! Laugh and people will laugh with you! And enjoy life and things will just keep getting better and better! You two can fly high above the clouds !

Photos and text were emailed to me so I can not vouch for the owner of them. The YouTube clips are credited by their respective publishers.

You have to love the livery on the planes

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Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg. Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” and announcements a bit more entertaining.

Here is one of many YouTube clips about Kulula Airways – just search Kulula Safety Video’s for many more :
Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced,
“People, people we’re not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!”


On another flight with a very “senior” flight attendant crew, the pilot said,
“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants.”


On landing, the stewardess said,
“Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you’re going to leave anything, please make sure it’s something we’d like to have.”


“There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane.”


“Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.”


As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker:
“Whoa, big fella. WHOA!”


After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in the Karoo, a flight attendant on a flight announced,
“Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as hell everything has shifted.”


From a Kulula employee:
“Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”


“In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favorite.”


“Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Kulula Airlines.”


“Your seats cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”

“As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses..”


And from the pilot during his welcome message:
“Kulula Airlines is pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!”


Heard on Kulula 255 just after a very hard landing in Cape Town : The flight attendant came on the intercom and said,
“That was quite a bump and I know what y’all are thinking. I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the airline’s fault, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault, it wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault, it was the asphalt.”


Overheard on a Kulula flight into Cape Town, on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the Captain really had to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said,
“Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Mother City. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what’s left of our airplane to the gate!”


Another flight attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing: “We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.”


An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a “Thanks for flying our airline”. He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking with a cane. She said,
“Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?”
“Why, no Ma’am,” said the pilot. “What is it?”
The little old lady said,
“Did we land, or were we shot down?”


After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg , the attendant came on with,
“Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal..”


Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement:
“We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of Kulula Airways.”


Heard on a Kulula flight:
“Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light ’em, you can smoke ’em.”


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