New fuel efficient planes for Kulula
COMAIR, a major operator of low-cost airlines, has released a fleet of a new generation Boeing 737-800 through its kulula.com operations.
The company spent R2.5-billion on seven aircrafts from Seattle in the US.
Three of the aircraft were shipped into SA last week, with the remaining four expected to arrive before the end of the year.
kulula.com chief executive officer Erik Venter said at the launch on Friday that the new boeings would stabilise the cost of air travel because of their green element.
"The new 737-800s utilise 18% less fuel per seat than the aircraft we are replacing, thereby saving two million litres of fuel per year for the equivalent total seats. Our decision to purchase these highly fuel efficient aircrafts was not taken lightly and is a critical component in managing our exposure to the volatile fuel price," Venter said.
The new planes flew for the first time on Friday from Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg to Cape Town International Airport.
Boeing Commercial Airplane sales director Robert Faye said: "High fuel prices and maintenance costs are putting severe pressure on the total operating costs of airlines across the world and the new airline is designed to meet the needs of carriers like kulula."