Posted on: 02 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Boeing and Comair Limited have announced an order for eight 737-800s complete with Sky Interior, which the operator will use to update the fleet of its low-fare airline, kulula.com.
The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website, so there will be no change to the overall totals.
Launched in 2001 as South Africa’s first low-fare carrier, kulula.com currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of ten 737s, including three leased 737-800s. Comair also operates as a franchise partner of British Airways, with thirteen 737s flying domestically in South Africa and regionally in Southern Africa.
"The purchase of new Boeing 737-800s is historic for our company and gives all our 1,800 staff a great feeling of pride," commented Gidon Novick, joint CEO of Comair. "The new fleet is an essential part of our efficiency drive, which will not only give us a cost leadership position in our industry, but also provide our customers with exceptional levels of reliability and comfort with the spacious new interior."
In addition to its 737-800 order, Comair is purchasing the Maintenance Performance Toolbox from Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. This improves an airline’s fleet efficiency by integrating manufacturer and customer documentation, use of intelligent graphics, cross-document searching and linking aircraft fault data to specific maintenance actions. It also provides a comprehensive structural repair history for each aeroplane while reducing the time needed to find tail-specific technical information in time-critical situations, such as line maintenance troubleshooting and dispatch.