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Cruise news: Footage of the pilot boat, PB Gannet fighting its way through strong winds on the way to assisting the MSC Opera into Table Bay harbour.

Hey Kulula, challenge accepted! We see your "Most South African Airways" and raise you a bit of orange! We're sure you'll understand that when man go on aircraft, it is the only way to go, man!

Which is the Most South African Airways?

This question emerged when Kulula flighted their "Most South African Airways" design in the Sunday newspapers, which caused even more of a tailspin in the industry than previous innovations of Kulula starting skywriting on Cape Town Johannesburg flights on 1 April 2011 and then switching to landing on the Hartebeespoort Dam on 1 April 2012 (to save on airport taxes).

Kulula ad claiming to be the 'Most South African Airways'

Never one to back down, we at SouthAfrica.TO responded by turning off our autopilot, and going full throttle ahead with our counter-claim for the Most South African Airways. We were flying by the seat of our pants, but this is what we came up with:

Mix airlines for cheaper flights

In an exchange of tweets over the weekend Kulula came back with a new design, and we discovered they were also winging it with their "very very South African Airways" design!

Kulula and South Africa Travel Online on Twitter

Kulula's new design plane

We prefer their new design to their camoplane, as we could never see it coming.

The issue commenced its descent with a Kulula press conference, on the advice of their legal eagles. We've fastened our seat belts, left ourselves in the hands of Kulula's greasy engineers, and hope that this flight has a soft landing! Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your airline, more than South Africa Travel Online. Kulula, we hope you enjoyed reading this as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride.

 

For accommodation in Cape Town near the city, try Derwent House - ask for a room with a view.

Summary of changes Airlink has in the pipeline: (1) additional Johannesburg - Upington flight from 6 May, (2) introducing a business class service from JNB to Maun from 15 March, (3) connecting JNB & Vilanculos from 22 March, (4) connecting JNB & Kasane from 22 March, moving one of its Embraer 135 jets onto the Nelspruit - Livingstone route from 22 March 2013.

Ozias Bvute, the Chairman of Air Zimbabwe, says that the airline wants to buy 2 Embraer planes.

Fastjet executives are visiting South Africa this week, in an attempt to get buy-in for their bid for 1time, and get permission to fly between Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg.

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 "Air Namibia, through the business plan, is addressing one of the major problems it has been experiencing, which is stagnation for a very long time with the airline only offering flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt and Luanda. If over the last 10 years the airline introduced at least two new routes per year, it would have grown to a size which would have met the required economies of scale by now. While there was natural traffic between Namibia and Ghana as an example, we needed to develop the market and the route. Today we have a lot of Ghanaians coming to Namibia for shopping and holiday, local businesses are now also benefiting. Given a chance this trend will continue to grow. The airline, and Namibia in general, needs to diversify its source markets for tourism and for trade – it cannot depend on tourism or trade from South Africa and Europe only." says Paulus Nakawa, Air Namibia's manager for corporate communications.