India's Kingfisher Airlines Set to Join oneworld Alliance

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- India's leading domestic carrier and only five-star airline, Kingfisher Airlines, is lining up to join one world®( )after signing a memorandum of understanding as its first step towards full...


oneworld Managing Partner John McCulloch added: "Last February oneworld celebrated its 10th birthday. This February we've been able to celebrate Japan Airlines' reaffirmation of its oneworld membership, its filing for anti-trust immunity across the Pacific with American Airlines, tentative approval in the US for anti-trust immunity for our transatlantic partners and in Australia for British Airways and Qantas' joint services agreement on the kangaroo route between Europe and Australia - and now we are welcoming Kingfisher Airlines on board. Kingfisher Airlines will fill one of oneworld's few remaining membership spaces with a carrier that matches our alliance's demanding requirements, benefiting customers by expanding our global reach and helping us ensure oneworld remains the pre-eminent global alliance with members unmatched in brand and service quality."

About Kingfisher Airlines

Since its launch in 2005, Kingfisher Airlines has established itself as India's leading air carrier in terms of domestic passenger carried, daily departures (an average of 383 daily departures), customer service quality and innovation.

Kingfisher Airlines carried 10.9 million passengers in the financial year ended 31 March 2009 with a share of 27 per cent of the domestic Indian air travel market. For the nine months to 31 December 2009, it carried 8.2 million passengers.

It is India's only five star airline, as rated by Skytrax, the independent airline quality research organisation. Besides being the first and only airline in India to offer in-flight entertainment at every seat, Kingfisher Airlines offers Live TV with 16 channels. It has received numerous awards for innovation, customer responsiveness and was voted the "Best New Airline of the Year", within months of its launch. It covers all segments of air travel - from low fares to premium service.

The airline launched its first international routes in September 2008 and now serves oneworld hubs Bangkok, Hong Kong, London Heathrow and Singapore. Internationally, it also currently serves Colombo, Dubai and Dhaka. In total, it flies to 70 destinations worldwide - 63 of them in India - in eight countries, with its main hubs at Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.

Kingfisher Airlines' network has been covered since 1 June 2009 by the Global Explorer round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld member airlines and selected carriers that are not part of the alliance.

Its fleet of 66 modern aircraft, with an average age of five years, includes five Airbus A330s, eight A321s, 23 A320s, three A319s and 25 ATR 72-500s and two ATRs. It employs 7,400 staff.

During the financial year ended 31 March 2009, it generated revenues totalling INR55.8 billion (US$1.1 billion), with INR50.9 billion (US$975 million) of that from its passenger business. . For the nine months to 31 December 2009, it generated revenues totalling INR38.2 billion (US$817 million), with INR35 billion (US$753 million) of that from its passenger business.

The 58 destinations across India that Kingfisher Airlines will add to the oneworld map include Agartala, Agatti, Agra, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bagdogra, Bhavnagar, Bhubaneswar, Bhuj, Calicut, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dharamsala, Goa, Guwahati, Hubli, Imphal, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kandla, Khajuraho, Kochi, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kullu, Latur, Leh, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Salem, Sholapur, Silchar, Simla, Srinagar, Tirupati, Trichy, Trivandrum, Tuticorin, Udaipur, Varanasi, Vijayawada, and Vishakapatnam.

Kingfisher Airlines is a part of The UB Group - one of India's largest conglomerates with diverse interests and a global presence. The UB Group is also the largest Indian alcoholic beverages (beer and spirits) company and the third largest drinks group in the world.

Pictures

A selection of print quality images of Kingfisher Airlines and its logo can be downloaded from http://www.oneworld.com/ow/news-and-information/gallery/list?categoryID=4&subCategoryID=11

A selection of print quality images and logos for oneworld and its existing member airlines can be downloaded from www.oneworld.com/ow/news-and-information/corporate-image-gallery

About oneworld

oneworld brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas and Royal Jordanian, and around 20 affiliates including American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. Russia's S7 Airlines will join the alliance in 2010 with Kingfisher now on track to follow during 2011. Between them, these airlines:

It is the only alliance with any airlines based in South America, Australia or Asia's Middle East.

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