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September 8, 2010 10:00 AM   Subscribe

Flying 101. Kulula Airlines is a South African airlines with a great sense of humor. Yeah, I thought it was a hoax, too. It's not.
posted by Cool Papa Bell (20 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Man, the folks at the Boeing paint plant must have had fun doing this one.

Honestly can't decide which is my favourite. The whole plane is made of win.
posted by dry white toast at 10:08 AM on September 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Customized/artsy livery craft are actually pretty common.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:08 AM on September 8, 2010

I have gotten this as an e-mail forward at least four times in the last two months. I get it. They're an airline with a sense of humor! Even my grandmother knows this, apparently.
posted by stoneweaver at 10:19 AM on September 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

I have not gotten this as an email forward, so thanks CPB.
posted by josher71 at 10:32 AM on September 8, 2010

Compared to some of the entries for Airline Livery of the Week from Airline Reporter this is still pretty unique.

Kukula have featured twice more: This Way Up and Swirls - and also get a mention for their camouflage livery.
posted by MuffinMan at 10:32 AM on September 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

livery, livery, livery

I love the idea of livery and the word itself.
posted by vespabelle at 10:39 AM on September 8, 2010

I flew Kulula a few years ago and the flight attendants all wear tacky Hawaiian shirts and sing to you. Beats the pants off of stuffy British Airways.
posted by Mrs.Spiffy at 10:40 AM on September 8, 2010

I would hate to be in a situation where I had to consult the instructions written on the outside of the plane in order to operate it.
posted by DU at 11:26 AM on September 8, 2010 [3 favorites]

Why would you or anyone have thought that this was a hoax?
posted by ethnomethodologist at 12:04 PM on September 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

"loo (or mile-high club initiation chamber)" is wonderful.
posted by bowmaniac at 12:18 PM on September 8, 2010

Back in my day, airplanes were made of sticks and covered in Indian warpaint, only you couldn't see them because they were sneaky, so sneaky in the sky until they came out of nowhere and BAM!
posted by swift at 12:21 PM on September 8, 2010

Let's not forget the favourite of planespotters the world over, Wunala Dreaming.
posted by jontyjago at 12:30 PM on September 8, 2010

> Yeah, I thought it was a hoax, too. It's not.

Why are you relying on Snopes for confirmation, when you could have gone straight to the primary source? As a bonus, Kulula's website has some photos of other custom liveries that haven't been swiped by bloggers and Snopes yet. I particularly like This Way Up.
posted by ardgedee at 12:38 PM on September 8, 2010

I wonder how many people are going to try to sit closest to the spot marked black box thinking it's the safest space.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:51 PM on September 8, 2010

Bah. I've flown them, they were pleasant. But then they quit flying to East London, so, bah!
And apparently East London was just too small.
posted by Goofyy at 1:28 PM on September 8, 2010

Look at some of these crazy, wacky, irreverent, and downright funny signs. Can you believe they're from a REAL RESTAURANT? No, I am not yanking your chain one bit! I couldn't find a snopes link, so you'll just have to trust me on this one.

Man, those guys must've really left their ties at home when they thought up this stuff!
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 2:08 PM on September 8, 2010

This reminds me of the helpful reminder on the mounting points between the Space Shuttle and the 747 used to move it from place to place.
posted by Johnny Assay at 2:12 PM on September 8, 2010 [2 favorites]

Labels are hawt.
posted by bardic at 8:33 PM on September 8, 2010

I like how they've realistically depicted the total nonexistence of any passenger legroom whatsoever (except in the "throne zone").
posted by Sys Rq at 8:41 PM on September 8, 2010

Someday I'll come across a good archive of the Air Harold radio ads from Ontario in the 70s. "We wing it!" At the time (and I was very young) it seemed hilariously edgy.
posted by stevil at 8:38 AM on September 9, 2010

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