Business Traveller Africa Awards
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.
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