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Kingfisher Airlines To Launch Mumbai-London Flights from January 5, 2009

 

 

Mumbai, December 4, 2008—Kingfisher Airlines, India’s first and one of only six 5-Star airlines, rated by Skytrax in the world, today announced that beginning January 5, 2009, it would commence daily non-stop flights from Mumbai to London Heathrow.

 

Tickets for travel on the inaugural flight and for subsequent flights are now available for sale to guests intending to travel to London and from London into Mumbai.

 

Kingfisher Airlines’ flight from Mumbai will take off at 1.50 pm in the afternoon and arrive at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 at 5.55 pm in the evening, local time. From London, the flight will leave at 8.30 pm in the night and arrive the next day at 11 am in the morning in Mumbai, local time.

 

The launch of this new route marks the second international route to be operated by Kingfisher Airlines. The first international route operated by Kingfisher Airlines was the Bangalore- London sector which was launched on September 3, 2008. Kingfisher Airlines has redefined the whole experience of flying for flyers in India, in the short span of just over 3 years that it has been in operation.

 

Commenting on the launch of this new international route, Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and CEO, Kingfisher Airlines Limited said, “I am delighted to announce the launch of daily non-stop flights between Mumbai and London. The flights will commence from January 5, 2009. Given the strong linkages between India and the United Kingdom, we believe that there is untapped potential and this new route promises to serve the unmet needs of discerning corporate and leisure flyers to these destinations”.

 

The Government of India has recently granted Kingfisher Airlines the rights and approval to operate flights on other routes namely, Mumbai-Hong Kong, Mumbai-Singapore, Chennai-Colombo, Bangalore-Colombo, Kolkata-Dhaka, Kolkata-Chittagong, Bangalore-Bangkok and Mumbai-Bangkok sectors. The time frame for launch of these services will be announced in due course.

 

The flights on the Mumbai-London sector will be operated using a brand new Airbus A330-200, widely billed as the best A330 ever built for any airline. Configured in two classes, Kingfisher First and 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.

The Kingfisher First cabin features:

·         An in-seat massager on every seat

·         Touch screen controls

·         Mood lighting with starry sky

·         In-seat chargers and USB connectors for every seat.

 

The Kingfisher Class cabin features:

·         KFC- in seat chargers

·         USB connectors 1 for 2

·         Mood lighting,

·         Web chat & E-mail

 

 

As India’s first and only Five Star Airline, rated by Skytrax, in true Kingfisher Airlines style, the service on board Kingfisher First features:

·         A social area comprising a full-fledged bar staffed with a bartender and a break-out seating area just nearby, fitted with 2 couches and bar stools

·         A full-fledged chef on board the aircraft

·         Any-time dinning

·         A 5-course meal featuring amongst other delicacies and fine cuisine:

o   Fresh cut fruit

o   Low-cal meal options

·         A choice of the finest wines, spirits and liquor

·         Service for jacket ironing on-board

·         Spectacle  cleaning

·         Shopping on board

·         Merino wool blankets

·         Noise cancellation headphones by BOSE

 

Service on board the A330-200 in the Kingfisher Class cabin will feature:

·         Business class meals in economy (larger portions)

·         International cabin crew

·         Full length moda acrylic blankets

·         Full size pillow

 

The state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment system on board this A330-200 boasts AVOD touch screen controls and offers a total of 357 hours of programming and content spread over 36 channels.

 

About Kingfisher Airlines:

 

Kingfisher Airlines is India’s first and only 5-Star airline, rated by Skytrax and the only one to offer a 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 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 manufacturer of alcoholic beverages (beer and spirits) and the second largest drinks group in the world.

 

Kingfisher Airlines covers all segments of air travel from low fares to premium fares and offers the most flights by any single airline network in India. Kingfisher Airlines connects 70 cities in India with 442 flights a day.

 

For further information, members of the media may contact:

Prakash Mirpuri

Sr. General Manager - Corporate Media Relations

The UB Group

Hoechst House, 5th Floor

Nariman Point

Mumbai - 400 021

India

 

Tel            +91 22 2284 1520 (Direct) 

Tel            +91 22 2282 4156 Ext. 215

Fax           +91 22 2285 2934

Mobile       +91 98210 91715

E-mail        Prakash.Mirpuri@flykingfisher.com

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