South African airline Kululua Airlines recently turned to its internal creative team for a rebranding initiative that has drawn global attention and spread across the social Web thanks to bloggers and Twitter users. Not only did Kululua Airlines’ creative team decide to change the color of the company’s planes to fluorescent green, but they also decided to turn the planes into flying blueprints.
Under the rebranding, the new planes carry the name Flying 101 on their sides along with labels depicting where the various parts of the plane are and what they’re called. Check out the pictures below. I’d like the seat by the black box please.
The online buzz for the new Flying 101 planes started before the actual planes began flying, and now people are spotting them in the sky and talking about the fueling both online and offline buzz. The rebranding is fun but it also doesn’t take itself too seriously (e.g., the labels on the plane include the “mile high club initiation chamber”), making it perfect fodder for a viral conversation.
There is no doubt that the redesigned planes are attention-getting and memorable. What remains to be seen is if the onboard experience matches the expectations for the brand that the new planes create. In other words, the planes are different, will the Kululua Airlines experience be different, too, or will it be the same as any other airline? Afterall, one of the labels on the plane does show where “Kululua Fans” can be found within the planes. It’s up to Kululua Airlines to make sure they can keep those fans and add new ones.
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