Category Archives: Kulula

Aviation Partners Boeing receives additional FAA Supplemental Type Certificates for the Split Scimitar Winglets

Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced today that it has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) covering the installation of Split Scimitar Winglets for three additional configurations of the Boeing 737NG.

Split Scimitar Winglets can now be installed on all Boeing 737-800 and 737-900 ER aircraft. All remaining commercial and private variants of the 737 Next-Generation aircraft are scheduled to be certified by May of 2015.

According to the company, “APB’s Split Scimitar Winglet program is its latest fuel efficiency success and the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature of the Split Scimitar Winglet is that it uses the existing Blended Winglet, but adds new aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake. Split Scimitar Winglets can save up to 60,000 gallons of fuel per aircraft per year.”

Since launching the Split Scimitar Winglet program early last year, APB has taken orders and options for 1,657 systems. Over the last 10 years, APB has sold nearly 8,000 Blended Winglet Systems. More than 5,300 Blended Winglet Systems are now in service with over 200 airlines in more than 100 countries. APB estimates that Blended Winglets have saved airlines worldwide 4.5 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date thus eliminating over 47 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

Copyright Photo: APB. Kulula of South Africa is the latest operator of the SSWs. Boeing 737-8LD ZS-ZWB (msn 40852) climbs away with the new winglets.

Kulula: AG Slide Show

Advertisements

Comair of South Africa orders eight Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Comair Limited (British Airways) (Johannesburg) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) today announced an order for eight 737 MAX 8s, valued at $830 million at list prices. It is the first 737 MAX order announcement for an African operator. The order was booked in December 2013 and was previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.

Johannesburg-based Comair operates Africa’s first low cost carrier, kulula.com (Johannesburg), offering flights to South Africa’smajor cities. Comair is also the franchise partner of British Airways, operating its local and regional Southern African routes. The company currently flies an all-Boeing fleet of 25 Classic and Next-Generation 737s on its kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair) brands. The order for eight 737 MAX 8s will support future fleet renewal and expansion.

With today’s announcement Comair will have a total of 12 airplanes on order from Boeing, including the eight 737 MAX 8s and four Next-Generation 737-800s for delivery in 2015 and 2016. Since its announcement in 2011, the 737 MAX has amassed more than 1,800 orders worldwide.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Operating under the British Airways franchise agreement, Boeing 737-85R ZS-ZWI (msn 30403) arrives back at Comair’s Johannesburg base.

Comair (South Africa): AG Slide Show

Kulula: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86N ZS-ZWP (msn 28612) in the humorous “flying 101” special livery approaches the runway at Johannesburg.

Comair slips into the red in the last half of 2011

Comair (Johannesburg) which operates under the British Airways and Kulula brands, slipped into the red for the last six months of 2011.

Read the full report from Business Day: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Sean Mowatt. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Kulula Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE

Kulula Route Map:

Please click on the map to expand.

Kulula increases its Boeing 737-800 fleet

Kulula (Kulula.com) (Johannesburg) has leased this former Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-86N registered ZS-ZWS (msn 32732, ex M-ABDO) from GECAS, increasing its Boeing 7837-800 fleet.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. ZS-ZWS is pictured at Southend prior to the delivery flight.

Kulula Route Map:

Comair orders eight new Boeing 737-800s for Kulula

Comair (Johannesburg) has ordered eight new Boeing 737-800 for its Kulula (kulula.com) low-fare subsidiary.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Please click on the photo for additional details.

Kulula TV commercial:

Kulula Route Map:

Kulula introduces another humorous logojet

Kulula (Kulula.com) (Johannesburg) continues to make flying fun (a lot of airlines should take notes). It’s latest logojet is this “This Way Up” special livery.

Copyright Photo: Sean Mowatt. Ex-Transavia Airlines Boeing 737-8K2 PH-HZA (msn 28373) is now operating with Kulula as ZS-ZWO. The crew of ZS-ZWO taxies away from the gate at the Johannesburg base.

Kulula introduces its third Europcar logojet

Copyright Photo: Cornelius Saayman. Boeing 737-4S3 ZS-OAO (msn 24163) showcases this unique livery at Cape Town. The soccer nose and Kulula's Loves Soccer inscription also promotes the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. The fan on the rear is blowing a vuvuzela, sometimes called a "lepatata" (its Setswana name), also known as a stadium or blowing horn, is approximately one meter (three feet) in length, commonly blown by fans at football (soccer) matches in South Africa.

Kulula (Kulula.com) (Johannesburg) has introduced its third logojet for car rental company Europcar.

Europcar (Paris) is owned by the French investment company Eurazeo after its sale by the Volkswagen group in June 2006. The company was founded in Paris in 1949. Europcar today operates a fleet of over 200,000 vehicles at 2,825 locations in 143 different countries.