Kulula Air with New Funny Livery

South African low-fare airline kulula.com recently came up with a brand-new, funny livery. One of their Boeing 737-86N (ZS-ZWP / OK-PIK), called “Flying 101″ is entirely covered with details and funny remarks about the plane.

Photos - by Malcolm Nason

Kulula Air Special Livery

Kulula Air Funny Livery

Kulula Air Boeing 737-800 Funny Livery

Kulula Air Boeing 737-800 Special Livery

The captain’s window is marked with the big cheese (”captain, my captain!”), the co-pilot’s window with co-captain (the other pilot on the PA system) and the jump seat is for wannabe pilots.

In addition, the following descriptions of plane parts can be found:

  • galley (cuppa anyone?)
  • avionics (fancy navigation stuff)
  • windows (best view in the world)
  • wing #1 and #2
  • engine #1 and #2 (26 000 pounds of thrust)
  • emergency exit = throne zone (more leg room baby!)
  • seats (better than taxi seats)
  • some windows = kulula fans (the coolest peeps in the world)
  • black box (which is actually orange)
  • landing gear (comes standard with supa-fly mags)
  • back door (no bribery/corruption here)
  • tail (featuring an awesome logo)
  • loo (or mile-high club initiation chamber)
  • rudder (the steering thingy)
  • stabiliser (the other steering thingy)
  • a.p.u. (extra power when you need it most)
  • galley (food, food, food, food…)
  • boot space
  • ZS-ZWP (OK-PIK) = secret agent code (aka plane’s registration)
  • overhead cabins (VIP seating for your hand luggage)
  • fuel tanks (the go-go juice)
  • cargo door
  • aircon ducts (not that kulula needs it… they’re already cool)
  • front door (our door is always open … unless we’re at 41 000 feet)
  • cockpit window = sun roof
  • nose cone (radar, antenna, and a really big dish inside)

63 Responses to “Kulula Air with New Funny Livery”

  1. 1 Jeremy Feb 1st, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Um, the plane’s registration is ZS-ZWP - see the last photo. Someone has modified the other photo to read OK-PIK - odd. It’s a particularly bad version of photoshopping too! The code “ZS” is of course is the correct country code for South Africa, with “OK” belonging to the Czech Republic.

  2. 2 Michael Feb 1st, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    It’s not photoshopped. OK-PIK is its temporary registration, because it was ferried to the Czech Republic (Ostrava-Mosnov - LKMT).

  3. 3 Pedro Miranda Feb 2nd, 2010 at 1:55 am

    There are no words to describe the Total awesomeness of this painting!

  4. 4 Chris Sellen Feb 3rd, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I don’t know what the reaction is likely to be to pointing out where the black box is - whatever colour it is.

  5. 5 Brian Feb 4th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Good idea, much needed info for pilots on their walk round since you lot did away with flight engineers ( not that a 737 carried a flight engineer)

    Brian ex flight Engineer

  6. 6 sherif yehia Feb 7th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    very nice & unusual livery,I find it really unique idea.

  7. 7 Todd Feb 12th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    This is REAALLLY funny… Hey Jeremy how about instead of being so.. This is so photoshopped and serious….you just have a laugh.
    Everybody is so fricking serious about everything these days… Why don’t you google Kulula Airlines and look around..
    Thank You Michael for clearing up the “photoshopped” mistake….oh wait…OK-PIK is its temporary registration, because it was painted in the Czech Republic

    In case you want proof….


    Our aircraft fleet
    We now operate a fleet of Boeing 737s ’cause we have worked the MD82’s out, as the 737 is not only more fuel efficient with more legroom, but also less harmful on the environment. In fact, they burn 26% less fuel than the MD82s. That is a load of carbon emissions we’re saving, which ties in with our efforts to go greener – ’cause we haven’t quite cracked bio-fuel for planes yet!

    WOW - The airline MUST have done the photoshopping… read what it says on there site

    Plus our planes are quite unique because they are painted in their very own paint schemes, making your flight experience uniquely memorable. Some of these include the ‘cow’ plane, ‘camo’ plane and ‘the jetsetter’ plane (watch this space for more wacky planes…)

  8. 8 Malcolm Nason Feb 21st, 2010 at 12:53 am

    The B737 was ferried from Ostrava to Shannon in Axis colours for painting in Kulula colours registered to lessor GECAS as OK-PIK. It was rolled out with the South African reg painted on for some pics and then went back in the hangar. It departed back to Ostrava with the Czech registrationt aped on over the ZS- one for final paperwork before delivery. Believe me I should know they are MY photos.

  9. 9 Jefafa Mar 5th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Its NOT photoshopped!!!!! i saw it on the afternoon of the 16th feb at cpt international when i landed coming in from walvis bay, supa cool!!!! english or afrikaans! DONT STILL LOOK AROUND A LOT! Its right there infront of you! - Jack Parow in your mommy’s house

  10. 10 Kristin May 16th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Actually, Chris Sellen, many planes do show where the black box is. I have seen many of them that say “BLack Box, cut here” all joking aside.

  11. 11 Jorge Jun 24th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Hola Jorge,

    Si esta aburrido, mira un ratito las fotos.
    Saludos Antonio Glez.

  12. 12 Margie Jun 28th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Wonderful! I’m ready to fly on this airline anywhere, anytime….

  13. 13 Winedaze Aug 9th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Awesome photos of an incredible plane there Malcolm Nason!!!!


  14. 14 Dale Corpse Aug 17th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Great humour but why bile green??

  15. 15 Karo Group Aug 20th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Inspired by JetBlue, may we suggest additions to the Livery. http://ow.ly/2s8Y3

  16. 16 Suso (Spain) Aug 23rd, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Really, really funny. It is inusual, useful, pedagogical, not offensive to anyone.

  17. 17 Monique Aug 24th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    SA Rocks!!!!
    We just keep getting better and better!!!
    PS: Kulula’s brand colour is “bile green”

  18. 18 @kkoolook Sep 14th, 2010 at 11:23 am


  19. 19 Faiz Sep 27th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Nice paintjob, very funny comments on the aircraft! These people add fun into flying! Would like to see this on more airplanes!!!

  20. 20 Kris Shields Nov 5th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    really loving this, its fun and new, yet its so simple, my only question is this, in the world we live in with everyone being scared of getting blown up, is this a safety risk telling everyone the layout of the plane??? personally I don’t think it is, but was just wondering :S

  21. 21 Mightee Mar 6th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    lol its damn funny and unsual
    they should take remarks of people after the flight like a feedback :D that would be more funnier :P

  22. 22 Capetonian Apr 14th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Kulula Airline are well known in South Africa for their humour. Their in-flight magazine is edited by stand up comedians, and they have very funny safety announcements. Check out Kulula humour.

  23. 23 Mike Ozard May 25th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Ha, I wonder if Winnie Mandela flew with Kulula - would she get her black box out?

  24. 24 Nick Jun 2nd, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Great idea. Surprised no big airlines came up with the idea sooner. The definition of the Loo is great. Thanks for sharing.

  25. 25 Ambrose Mugwump Jun 13th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Seems like a smart way for a smaller airline to get some attention.

  26. 26 jonn2 Jun 14th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  27. 27 Bill Helfer Jul 20th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Good to see that a small regional airline has the money to present itself in such an unusual and inviting paint design.
    Refreshing !!

  28. 28 Johnny F Aug 12th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    And more…. OK - PIK in dansih means OKAY - COCK, nice!

  29. 29 pippin 56 Dec 1st, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    FANTASTIC if only other airlines were as creative pity they only fly in south africa. Imagine these planes ariving at london or manchester. Brilliant

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