Mumbai, September 9, 2009 – Kingfisher Airlines, India's only Five Star airline rated by Skytrax, today announced that it will commence daily non-stop flights from Mumbai to Hong Kong from September 15, 2009. Kingfisher Airlines also announced the commencement of a second route with daily non-stop flights from Mumbai to Singapore starting from September 16, 2009. The flights on both these routes will be operated using the brand new Airbus A330-200s, widely billed as the best A330s ever built for any airline.
The launch of these two new international routes marks the first time that Kingfisher Airlines is adding destinations from South East Asia to its international route network.
Commenting on the launch of these new international routes, Mr. Siva Ramachandran, Vice President, Global Sales, Kingfisher Airlines Limited, said, “I am delighted to announce the launch of daily non-stop flights from Mumbai to Hong Kong and Singapore. With our award-winning service, our flights will offer guests who travel on these routes, a truly five-star, world-class flying experience.”
“Given the strong linkages between India and South East Asia, we believe that there is untapped potential and these new routes promise to serve the unmet needs of discerning corporate and leisure flyers. We are excited at the huge opportunity that exists for Kingfisher Airlines in the Hong Kong and Singapore markets. With Kingfisher Airlines’ unparalleled domestic network in India and our growing international footprint, we are strongly positioned to move forward even in this challenging environment. The initial response to the introduction of these new routes has been extremely encouraging. Hong Kong and Singapore are very important markets for us and with the support of our General Sales Agents, we are confident of capturing and growing the market”, added Mr. Ramachandran.
Changi Airport Group’s Executive Vice President (Air Hub Development), Yam Kum Weng, said, “We look forward to welcoming Kingfisher Airlines to the Changi family. With Kingfisher’s extensive domestic network, the commencement of its services to Singapore will further enhance Changi's connectivity to India which will benefit travellers with more convenience and choice.”
Kingfisher Airlines flight IT 071 will take off from Mumbai at 10:55 pm and arrive at Hong Kong at 8:05 am, local time. The return flight IT 072 will take off from Hong Kongs’ Chek Lap Kok Airport Terminal 2 at 2:05 pm, local time and arrive in Mumbai at 5:50 pm.
Similarly, Kingfisher Airlines flight IT 029 will take off from Mumbai at 11:05 pm and arrive at Singapore at 7:05 am, local time. The return flight IT 030 will take off from Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3 at 10:15 am and arrive in Mumbai at 1:05 pm local time.
Configured in two classes, with 30 seats in Kingfisher First and 187 seats in Kingfisher Class, the spacious full-length wide-bodied twin aisle cabin of the A330-200 has gone to great lengths to make flying feel a more natural and pleasurable experience. Amongst other things, the service on board Kingfisher First features:
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.
Kingfisher Airlines has a fleet of 71 aircraft and flies to 65 cities in India and 5 international destinations. It has over 360 daily departures on its domestic route network with 98 flights a week on its international route network.
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 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.
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