07th, May 2007
Kingfisher Airlines Creates Aviation History by flying in the Airbus A380 to commemorate its second anniversary       
The world`s biggest and most advanced aircraft arrives in New Delhi on its maiden visit to India New Delhi, May 7, 2007—Kingfisher Airlines Limited, India`s favourite airline today added another feather to its cap with the arrival of the Airbus A380 at New Delhi`s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Airbus A380 is on its maiden visit to India and arrived here on the eve of the second anniversary celebrations of Kingfisher Airlines Limited. The visit of the world`s largest and most advanced passenger airplane, which is widely regarded as the future of aviation, marks a momentous milestone in the history of civil aviation in India. Addressing media persons at a press briefing held to commemorate the maiden visit of the Airbus A380, Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and CEO, Kingfisher Airlines Limited, said, "Ever since its launch in May 2005, Kingfisher Airlines has achieved a reputation for being an innovative, superior service airline and has evolved into one of the most admired brands in the aviation space worldwide. Besides introducing a host of delights in terms of product and service offerings coupled with world-class technology, Kingfisher Airlines has altered and redefined the whole paradigm of air travel and marketing in many ways and our guests, our investors, our partners and staff and have come to expect excellence from us". Dr. Mallya added, "The visit of the Airbus A380 to India on the occasion of the second anniversary celebrations is a celebration of the continued spirit of innovation and excellence that has become a hallmark for Kingfisher Airlines. The rapid expansion of our route network has resulted in an unprecedented rate of growth and today, Kingfisher Airlines serves 26 cities and operates 163 flights a day in just under two years of operations. We are on track in our mission to be India`s largest private domestic carrier by 2010". "We are very proud that we have brought our flagship aircraft to India for everyone to see. Kingfisher Airlines has grown impressively and we are delighted they will be flying the A380 over Indian skies to destinations as far afield as the United States. The A380 will bring new standards of passenger comfort, and fuel efficiency to the Indian aviation market. The A380 is truely a "green giant" with the lowest environmental impact of any aircraft flying today or in the near future, with lower fuel consumption and lower noise", said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. Added Mr. Srinivas Bommidala, Managing Director, GMR Delhi International Airport (P) Limited said, “We are delighted to welcome the Airbus A380 to Delhi Airport. It is a historic moment for us to be among the first airports in Asia and the first in India to host this revolutionary aircraft. I wish Mr. John Leahy, COO (Customer) Airbus and Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman, Kingfisher Airlines, the very best in their endeavour."