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The Most Hilarious Airline in the Business: Kulula Airlines

The Comedians of the Air

 

When we fly, it seems more like a chore.  Airports are a place where fun goes to die.  We face long lines, delays, and strict rules and regulations.  The whole experience is an inconvenience that separates us from our final destination.

 

One South African airline, Kulula Airlines, is taking a different, lighter approach to air travel. Kulula has found the perfect blend of fun and efficient travel.

 

We had doubted them the unofficial “comedians of the air”.

 

Like a good comedian, every audience member is a possible target.

When South African’s President Jacob Zuma got married for the sixth time, Kulula ran the advertisement below. 

 

The small print says, “Should you find yourself flying across our beautiful nation on business, holidays, or even say, on honeymoon, you’ll be pleased to hear that as long as all five of you fly together, not only will you get a great deal on flights for your first three wives, but your fourth wife will fry free, mahala, on the house.”

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And another advertisement.

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It is all about the props.

If you weren’t already confident about the abilities of Kulula’s pilots, its planes come with instructions.

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A good show is about the first few minutes.

A video of the flight safety instructions.

 

A few other gems from the Kulula team.

  •  As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: “Whoa, big fella. WHOA!”
  • After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg , the attendant came on with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal..”
  • “As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses..”
  • Another flight attendant’s comment on a less than perfect landing: “We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.”
  • ”Your seats cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”

 

Beer Inspired Vacations

Been there, drank that: Raleigh, N.C.

Traveling the world in search of a cold, delicious pint isn’t an easy challenge, but it is one I will gladly take on.  With the explosion of microbrews in the United States, there are ample opportunities to find great cities with equally great beer.  While most people don’t plan vacations around beer, there are many U.S. cities that offer a strong microbrew scene, culture and entertainment. 

 

The Triangle region of North Carolina (Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh), have slowly become a hotbed for pretty much everything, including beer.  The Triangle has more than 22 breweries, each with its own distinct personality.
 
A great time to visit is in April.  The weather is in the 70s, trees are starting to bloom, and most important, it is beer month in Raleigh.  The month long celebration featuresraleigh beer festivals, beer dinners and special events.
 
A few highlights from this year’s beer month:  

  • Swine & Dine – Five courses, each featuring a different part of the hog, paired with a local microbrew.  This year’s beer comes from Crank Arm Brewing.
  • NC Cueglass Festival – The Pit (barbecue restaurant) shuts down the street for an afternoon of live bluegrass music, barbecue and beer.
  • Brewgaloo – Street party featuring local craft beer, food trucks and live music.
  • Beer & Bacon Fest (Do I need to say anything more.) – More than 75 beers, 15 restaurants and 10 types of bacon come together for “awesomeness”.

 
A few noteworthy events that run throughout the year:

  • Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour.
  • Beltway Brew Tour.
  • Taste of Raleigh Gourmet Food Tour.
  • First Friday Art Walk.  

 
If you are looking for something other than beer-inspired activities, Raleigh has a vibrant arts scene; many museums, earning it the nickname “Smithsonian of the South; and excellent shopping, featuring everything from world renowned brands to locally designed products.  
 
From outlaws (Lone Rider Brewing) to biking enthusiast (Crank Arm Brewing), the Triangle has something for everybody.
 
Interested in planning a vacation or weekend getaway, call BTI Travel at 315-472-7737 and ask to speak to an agent.  BTI is more than a travel agent for complicated vacations; we are perfect solution for a weekend getaway. 
 
Our hotel prices are on par or better than online sites and we don’t charge an agent service fee for hotel-only bookings.  Call BTI Travel to book your next room.
 
A few of our favorite hotels in the Triangle include Raleigh Marriott City Center, Carolina Inn, or for a more upscale stay, the Umstead Hotel and Spa.  

Expect More Delay Ahead at Newark Airport

As travelers have found out over the years, Newark Airport has one of the lowest on time performance records of any airport in the United States. Now it will become even more challenging for travelers to reach their destinations on time.

 

A major runway will be under repair until June 1. In addition to being closed until then, the runway will operate at a reduced capacity from June 1 to June 15, and will be closed again for an additional 10 days from September 20 to 30.

 

In concert with the construction, airlines have voluntarily reduced scheduled flights by 15%. This will result in fewer available seats making it more difficult for travelers to make bookings, obtain the seat selection of their choice and most of all, arriving on time for their business appointments and vacations.

 

“We will do everything to help keep your travels on time during this difficult period by encouraging all travelers flying to the greater New York City area to go to JFK or LaGuardia Airports, said Lou Lemos, President of BTI. “For those flying to other destinations, there are other connecting cities that will advise all travelers to avoid the construction at Newark.”

 

If you have any questions regarding alternate routings other than Newark to a specific destination, please contact BTI Travel at 315-472-7737.  Interested in using BTI Travel to book your corporate travel, contact Sheri Tyler at [email protected] or 315-234-1411.

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