Busi­ness Trav­eller Africa Awards

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Bri­tish Air­ways (op­er­ated by Co­mair) and ku­l­ula.com are proud to an­nounce that they were suc­ces­sively named Best African Re­gional Short-haul Air­line and Best African Low­cost Air­line re­spec­tively at the sixth an­nual Busi­ness Trav­eller Africa Awards, which were held in Sand­ton on 1 Septem­ber 2017.

Vot­ing for the win­ners com­prised of a num­ber of sources within the South African busi­ness travel in­dus­try, in­clud­ing ASATA mem­ber travel agents, the African Busi­ness Travel As­so­ci­a­tion’s cor­po­rate travel buy­ers, the broader busi­ness travel in­dus­try, and an as­tute panel of judges, led by SA Tourism Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, Margie White­house.

“We’re truly de­lighted to re­ceive the award for Best African Low-cost Air­line for the third con­sec­u­tive year, and we are es­pe­cially pleased to have won it in the same year that ku­l­ula.com cel­e­brates its 16th year of ex­is­tence within the South African air­line in­dus­try,” says Shaun Pozyn, Head of Mar­ket­ing, Cus­tomer Ex­pe­ri­ence, and Loy­alty at ku­l­ula.com and Bri­tish Air­ways. “When we launched the ku­l­ula.com brand back in 2001, we wanted to make air travel more ac­ces­si­ble to leisure trav­ellers. It is a fan­tas­tic ac­com­plish­ment to re­ceive an award slanted more to­wards the busi­ness travel mar­ket, as it shows that ku­l­ula.com can play equally strong within both mar­kets.”

“We are equally proud for Bri­tish Air­ways to have re­ceived the award for Best African Re­gional Short-haul Air­line as we con­tin­u­ally strive to wi­den our African foot­print by fly­ing our cus­tomers to more des­ti­na­tions in Africa, while of­fer­ing our sig­na­ture Bri­tish Air­ways hos­pi­tal­ity on­board,” Pozyn elab­o­rates. “Re­ceiv­ing th­ese awards are very en­cour­ag­ing as they are proof that both our of­fer­ings to trav­ellers and travel-buy­ers are on par when cus­tomers are look­ing for max­i­mum value for their bud­get. This is a pos­i­tive sign that we are suc­cess­fully grow­ing the do­mes­tic tourism in­dus­try by mak­ing travel easy, ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able, and ex­cit­ing.”

Launched in 2012 in as­so­ci­a­tion with Busi­ness Trav­eller Africa mag­a­zine, the awards cer­e­mony is an an­nual event on the South African tourism and travel cal­en­dar, which cov­ers all as­pects of busi­ness travel in­clud­ing ho­tels, air­lines, car rental, and travel man­age­ment.

Op­er­ated by Co­mair Lim­ited, ku­l­ula.com is a pri­vately-owned, low-fare air­line. This ad­ven­tur­ous brand, which cel­e­brates its 16-year an­niver­sary in 2017, has rev­o­lu­tionised air travel in South Africa by mak­ing fly­ing much eas­ier and more af­ford­able for cus­tomers. IOSA (IATA Op­er­a­tional Safety Au­dit) com­pli­ant, ku­l­ula.com main­tains the high­est stan­dard of safety at all times. In Jan­uary 2016, for the sec­ond year run­ning, ku­l­ula.com was rated as the top South African low-cost car­rier in the SA Cus­tomer Sat­is­fac­tion In­dex (Sacsi). In 2015, 2016, and 2017 the air­line was also in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised by Air­lin­er­at­ings.com as the Best Low­cost Air­line in Africa and the Mid­dle East. ku­l­ula.com re­ceived the highly cov­eted ti­tle of Best African Low-cost Air­line in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Busi­ness Trav­eller Africa Awards and was also voted as South Africa’s top air­line for busi­ness trav­ellers in the 2015 Sun­day Times Top Brands sur­vey, and the Best Low-cost Air­line in Africa in the 2016 Sky­trax World Air­line Awards.

With its Boe­ing 737-800 (189 seats) fleet up­grade plan com­pleted, ku­l­ula.com now op­er­ates more than 412 flights a week across 14 do­mes­tic routes. The low-cost leader also has en­tered into code­share agree­ments with Kenya Air­ways, Air France, and Eti­had to pro­vide more choice for cus­tomers. In 2015, ku­l­ula.com signed in­ter­line agree­ments with Vir­gin At­lantic (VS) and Hahn Air, mak­ing it eas­ier for other mar­kets to book flights in South Africa.

The air­line of­fers more than just flights as it also of­fers hol­i­days, ho­tels, and car rentals to of­fer a one-stop so­lu­tion for any­one look­ing for af­ford­able travel op­tions in and around South Africa. For more in­for­ma­tion about ku­l­ula.com and its var­i­ous of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing af­ford­able hol­i­day pack­ages, the ku­l­ula.com mobi site, on­line check-in ser­vice, or how to be­come a fan, visit www.ku­l­ula.com.

Bri­tish Air­ways (op­er­ated by Co­mair) is a pre­mium, full ser­vice air­line op­er­at­ing over 400 flights per week in south­ern Africa which in­cludes Jo­han­nes­burg, Cape Town, Dur­ban, Port El­iz­a­beth, Harare, Liv­ing­stone, Mau­ri­tius, Vic­to­ria Falls and Wind­hoek.

As a fran­chise part­ner of Bri­tish Air­ways, Ex­ec­u­tive Club cus­tomers trav­el­ling within south­ern Africa on Bri­tish Air­ways (op­er­ated by Co­mair), will earn Avios as well as Tier Points. Avios are earned ev­ery time mem­bers travel with Bri­tish Air­ways or a part­ner air­line as well as when mak­ing use of one of the Ex­ec­u­tive Club part­ners. Avios can be redeemed for flights as well as for up­grades with Bri­tish Air­ways. Mem­bers also earn Tier Points through their flight ac­tiv­ity which de­ter­mines their Ex­ec­u­tive Club sta­tus. As mem­bers progress through the var­i­ous tier lev­els within the Ex­ec­u­tive Club they are en­ti­tled to ad­di­tional ben­e­fits and ser­vices.

Be­sides hav­ing an ex­tended route net­work in south­ern Africa as well as glob­ally, Bri­tish Air­ways’ route net­work is fur­ther en­hanced through its oneworld® al­liance part­ner­ship.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit ba.com.

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