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Kingfisher Airlines Launches Flights From
India to UAE

Introduces daily direct flights connecting Bangalore to Dubai;
Launches Its 4th International Route

Mumbai, June 25, 2009—Kingfisher Airlines, India's only Five Star airline rated by Skytrax, today launched daily direct flights from Bangalore to Dubai. After London, Colombo and Dhaka, Dubai is the fourth international destination on the international route network of Kingfisher Airlines.

Kingfisher Airlines connects India to UAE
Kingfisher Airlines connects India to UAE
Mr. Vijay Arora, Head of Sales All India, Kingfisher Airlines Limited hands over the first boarding pass to a guest. (From L-R) Mr. Richard Talian, Vice President Strategy, Dubai Airports being felicitated by Mr. Siva Ramachandran, Vice President-Global Sales, Kingfisher Airlines Limited at a press conference held in the city today to announce the launch of its daily direct flights from Dubai to Bangalore.

The launch of this new route marks the first time that Kingfisher Airlines is commencing operations from India to the UAE. These flights will be operated using the A320 family of aircraft featuring Kingfisher Class, the premium economy service from Kingfisher Airlines. The award-winning Kingfisher Experience includes onboard comforts so that guests are able to rest in the roomiest seats in the sky with a wide seat pitch and ample room to stretch their legs. Moreover, the dining options ensure that guests have an ample spread with a choice of mouth-watering options and a perfect accompaniment from a selection of wines and spirits on board. The In-Flight Entertainment system will ensure enthralling world-class entertainment with a personal system on every seat featuring the latest blockbuster movies, English and Hindi TV programmes and Kingfisher Radio.


The flights are conveniently timed with the flight from Bangalore leaving at 6:15 pm and reaching Dubai at 8:55 pm, local time. The return flight will take off from Dubai at 10:10 pm and reach Bangalore at 3:45 am, the following day. Kingfisher Airlines flights operate from Terminal 1 of Dubai Airport.


Commenting on the launch of the first new international route connecting Dubai, Mr. Siva Ramachandran, Vice President-Global Sales, Kingfisher Airlines Limited said, “I am delighted to announce the commencement of flights between Bangalore and Dubai. Our newly launched flights offer the best-in-class experience amongst the narrow-body products serving this route and this coupled with ideal and convenient timings, will offer travelers on this route a better option. For guests flying out of Bangalore to Dubai, they get to reach their destination well in time for a good night’s rest. For guests flying into Bangalore from Dubai, they are assured onward connections within two hours of their arrival into India. Thanks to our very competitive fares and Kingfisher Airlines’ vast and unparalleled domestic network in India, the initial response to the launch of these new flights has been extremely encouraging and we look forward to rapidly consolidating our market share on this new international route.”

Bangalore is ideally placed as a transit hub for travelers flying from Belgaum, Chennai, Calicut, Coimbatore, Hubli, Kochi, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Vijaywada into Dubai as it offers easy connectivity, thanks to the fact that it has a minimum connect time. Outbound travelers connecting with this flight of Kingfisher Airlines will not have to change or transfer from one airport terminal to another as the domestic and international sections are less than 100 meters away from each other.

Guests flying in from Dubai on Kingfisher Airlines will now have the added advantage of having very conveniently timed onward connections to many domestic destinations in India with almost immediate connections from Bangalore to Mangalore, Goa, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Kolkata, Hubli, Belgaum, Nagpur, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad and all major metros in India. In addition, guests will also have the option of conveniently timed onward connections on Kingfisher Airlines flights to international destinations like Colombo and Dhaka.

Kingfisher Airlines caters to all segments of the air travel ranging from low-fare service-Kingfisher Red, to the premium economy service-Kingfisher Class, to the luxurious Kingfisher First. As India’s market leading airline, Kingfisher Airlines offers the maximum number of flights offered by any single airline network in India.  Kingfisher Airlines connects 69 cities in India and has over 400 daily departures with a fleet of 74 aircraft.

The introduction of these new flights connecting Bangalore and Dubai marks the fourth phase of the international route expansion plan of Kingfisher Airlines. In the first phase of the roll-out of its international route network, Kingfisher Airlines commenced services from Bangalore to London last year. Earlier this year, Kingfisher Airlines launched daily direct services between Mumbai and London and daily flights connecting Chennai with Colombo, Bangalore with Colombo and  Dhaka with Kolkata. Dubai is the third destination to be served by Kingfisher Airlines from Bangalore.

Kingfisher Airlines has blazed a trail of innovations and introduced a range of market-firsts that have completely redefined the whole experience of flying. By elevating its customers to a level of being ‘guests’ and not just passengers, Kingfisher Airlines has endeared itself to consumers.


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  

Tel      +91-22-2284 1520
e-mail: prakash.mirpuri@flykingfisher.com
Shefali Mehta / Sabina Lama
IPAN
Mumbai, India 

Tel      09819410990 / 9819592389
e-mail: shefali.mehta@ipan.com
e-mail: sabina.lama@ipan.com

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