Kingfisher Airlines to Launch Flights from India to Thailand

Daily flights from Kolkata to Bangkok starting August 14, 2009

Kolkata, August 7, 2009 - Kingfisher Airlines, India's only Five Star airline rated by Skytrax, today announced the launch of daily direct flights between Kolkata and Bangkok from August 14, 2009. After London, Colombo, Dhaka and Dubai, Bangkok will be the fifth international destination on the international route network of Kingfisher Airlines.

The launch of this new route will mark the first time that Kingfisher Airlines will be commencing operations from India to South East Asia. The flights between Kolkata and Bangkok 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 relax in most comfortable seats in the sky with a wide seat pitch and ample room to stretch their legs. Moreover, the delectable cuisine will ensure that guests have a wide spread of mouth-watering options and a perfect accompaniment from a selection of wines and spirits on board. The In-Flight Entertainment system offers 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 Kolkata, IT 021 leaving at 11:20 am and reaching Bangkok at 3:15 pm, local time. The return flight, IT 022 will take off from Bangkok at 4:30 pm and reach Kolkata at 5:45 pm. Kingfisher Airlines’ flights will operate from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

Commenting on the launch of the sixth international route of Kingfisher Airlines since January 2009, Mr. Siva Ramachandran, Vice President - Global Sales, Kingfisher Airlines Limited said, “I am delighted to announce that Kingfisher Airlines will soon be launching flights between Kolkata and Bangkok. Besides catering to entrepreneurs, traders and leisure traffic, the flights on this new route will offer emerging traffic segments like MICE-meetings, incentives, conventions and expositions amongst others. The services on this new route will offer traders and entrepreneurs who frequently travel to Bangkok, a truly world-class flying experience. For travelers flying in from Bangkok, they will now have the added advantage of convenient connectivity to onward destinations in India thanks to the large and unparalleled route network of Kingfisher Airlines.”

Kolkata is ideally placed as a transit hub for travelers flying from Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Patna and Ranchi into Bangkok as it offers easy connectivity, thanks to the fact that it has a minimum connect time. Guests flying in from Bangkok 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 Kolkata to Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Mumbai and all major metros in India. Buddhist pilgrims flying in from Thailand to Kolkata will now have convenient onward connection to Bodh Gaya.

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 has a fleet of 73 aircraft and connects 69 cities across India and abroad and currently flies to 4 international destinations. It has over 365 daily departures on its domestic route network with 84 flights a week on its international route network.

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, Dhaka with Kolkata and Bangalore with Dubai. Bangkok will be the second international destination to be served by Kingfisher Airlines from Kolkata.

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.

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Prakash Mirpuri
Vice President -Corporate Communications
The UB Group, Mumbai  
Shefali Mehta / Sabina Lama
Mumbai, India 
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