I attended the launch of Kulula’s ridiculously posh new Boeing 737-800 at Lanseria Airport on Friday, 20 July.

Kulula will be investing R2.5 billion on its new fleet over the next four years, and the first of its seven next-generation Boeing 737-800’s have arrived into the country, all the way from Seattle.

So what’s so special about these planes? Erik Venter, CEO of Comair says that the new 737-800’s will use 18% less fuel per seat than the aircrafts they’re replacing, which translates to saving 2-million litres of fuel per aircraft per year! By the end of 2012, three of these aircrafts will be in operation. 

As my airline of choice, I hope this means that once there are enough new Boeings on their fleet, we should see better prices on flights, or at least, better sale prices. Unfortunately, no plans to roll out WiFi yet (according to Avi Bhatt, an executive from Kulula who I chatted to on the way to Cape Town).

(Paying) passengers on the 08h30 maiden flight from Lanseria to Cape Town on Friday were in for a surprise… from the marching band performing in the waiting lounge, to the green carpet treatment, to the 3 star breakfast and entertainment on-board… everyone received the #kululaVIP treatment.

As you can see from the above images, the interiors have been upgraded. Better seats; better legroom; better PA system; the overhead lockers have new curved designs; and there’s a new mood lighting feature.

The VIP treatment carried on at the revolving restaurant at The Ritz Hotel in Cape Town. There was cake:

Thank you kulula, for hosting me as a VIP guest on your ridiculously posh new Boeing launch 🙂

First two image credits to Kulula.