Kingfisher Airlines Announces Roadmap for Next Phase of International Routes

Details Plans for 8 New Overseas Routes; Announces Launch Dates for 2 New Routes

Mumbai, July 11, 2009—Kingfisher Airlines, India’s premier five star airline, today announced a roadmap for the next phase of its international route network.

2 New Routes Announced out of Mumbai

Beginning September 2009, Kingfisher Airlines plans to launch two new flights. The two new routes will be Mumbai – Singapore and Mumbai – Hong Kong. Both will be daily direct return services and will be operated using the brand new Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Bookings for travel on these sectors are expected to be opened shortly.

3 New Routes Proposed out of New Delhi

Kingfisher Airlines has applied to the Ministry of Civil Aviation to commence operations on the New Delhi – London – New Delhi sector. The flights on this route will also be operated using the Airbus A330-200 and launch dates will be announced once the requisite regulatory approvals are in place. The launch of this new route will mark the first time that Kingfisher Airlines will commence international flights out of New Delhi.

Besides this route, there are plans to start flights from New Delhi to Bangkok and from New Delhi to Dubai. The flights on these two routes will be operated using the Airbus A320 / A321 aircraft.

3 New Routes Proposed out of Mumbai

There are also plans to commence flights between Mumbai and Bangkok, between Mumbai and Dubai and between Mumbai and Colombo. The flights on these routes will also be operated using the Airbus A320 / A321 aircraft.

Commenting on the plans for these new international routes, Mr. Prakash Mirpuri, Vice President, Corporate Communications, said, “The plan to launch these new services is consistent with our goal of redeploying capacity on routes with better yields as compared to domestic sectors. Our assessment of travel behavior in these markets, flyer preferences and projected demand indicates promising potential on these eight new international routes”.

With a view to ensuring optimal and efficient utilization of its fleet  and looking at the booked loads and yields during the period September to November 2009, Kingfisher Airlines has decided to suspend its flights on the Bangalore – London – Bangalore route and its feeder service on the Colombo – Bangalore – Colombo route with effect from September 15,2009. All guests who are booked during this period will be accommodated on the London – Mumbai – London flights with appropriate and convenient connections.

Guests, who have booked their flight from London to Colombo via Bangalore on or after 15th September 2009 can contact the nearest Kingfisher Ticketing Office  or their  travel agent to process their refund.

Note to Editors

For the benefit of your readers / viewers, it is highlighted that the launch of these new services is subject to receipt of regulatory approvals.

About Kingfisher Airlines:

Kingfisher Airlines is India's only Five Star airline rated by Skytrax, and the only one to offer premium first class service on domestic routes. Besides being the first and only airline in India to offer in-flight entertainment on every seat, Kingfisher offers LIVE TV on many domestic routes in India with 16 channels of live and exciting content. The airline has received numerous awards for innovation, customer responsiveness and was voted the ‘Best New Airline of the Year’, within months of its launch.

Kingfisher Airlines is a part of the UB Group that is 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. Kingfisher Airlines covers all segments of air travel from low fares to premium service and offers most flights by any single airline network in India. Kingfisher Airlines now connects 69 cities in India with a fleet of 74 aircraft and operates over 400 flights a day in India.

For further information or images, members of the media may contact: 

Prakash Mirpuri
Vice President -Corporate Communications
The UB Group, Mumbai  
Shefali Mehta / Sabina Lama
Mumbai, India 
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+91-22-2284 1520 09819410990 / 9819592389