Kingfisher Airlines announces Code Share with British Airways

Mumbai, Saturday 4th September 2010 - Kingfisher Airlines and British Airways are to start codesharing on each other’s flights across India, Sri Lanka, the UK and continental Europe from September 15, 2010. This follows Kingfisher Airlines acceptance of an invitation to join the oneworld alliance earlier this year. The codeshare flights will be available for sale from September 7, 2010.

Kingfisher Airlines’ code will be placed on nine British Airways’ routes from Heathrow to the UK regions and continental Europe while British Airways’ code will be placed on 11 domestic Indian routes and one route to Sri Lanka operated by Kingfisher Airlines. This is the first time that British Airways has codeshared with an Indian airline. The guests of each airline will be able to book their whole journey on each other’s websites, earn frequent flyer points on the codeshare routes and gain access to each other’s airport lounges.

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman and CEO,  Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. said: “I am delighted that British Airways has entered into a codeshare arrangement with Kingfisher Airlines practically within months of the announcement that Kingfisher Airlines is lining up to join oneworld. It is therefore only appropriate that the first codeshare arrangement is with British Airways who is also our oneworld sponsor. The codeshare with British Airways will mean that our guests from India will now be able to fly seamlessly to nine new European cities. Besides making onward connections much simpler, this will mean enhanced connectivity and reach for guests travelling with us to Europe. Similarly, all British Airways’ flyers will now be able to travel with India’s first and only five star airline”.

>British Airways chief executive, Willie Walsh, said: “Last year we proudly celebrated 80 years of flying to India and it remains one of our most important longhaul destinations. The codeshare with Kingfisher Airlines will give our customers easier access to Indian domestic routes and Sri Lanka flying on a young, dynamic, high quality airline. Our relationship with Kingfisher Airlines is further enhanced by their decision join oneworld and we look forward to building a strong working relationship with them”.

Kingfisher Airlines flies from Delhi and Mumbai to Heathrow. Its code will be placed on British Airways flights from Heathrow to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Lisbon and Paris. 

British Airways flies from Heathrow to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. Its code will be placed on Kingfisher Airlines flights from Bangalore to Chennai, Coimbatore and Kochi; Chennai to Coimbatore and Colombo (Sri Lanka). Delhi to Bangalore and Kolkata; Mumbai to Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

Kingfisher Airlines is expected to start flying as part of oneworld by the end of 2011. British Airways is supporting it through its alliance implementation process as its oneworld sponsor.

About Kingfisher Airlines:

Kingfisher Airlines is India’s only Five Star Airline rated by Skytrax and the only one to offer a premium first class service on domestic routes. Besides being the first airline in India to offer in-flight entertainment, Kingfisher offers LIVE TV with 16 channels of live and exciting content. The airline has won an impressive line-up of prestigious international awards from Aviation Experts, Travel and Tourism Writers for innovation and customer responsiveness. Kingfisher Airlines also offers its valued guests the king of all frequent flyer programmes – King Club. This unique loyalty programme offers the fastest way to earn free tickets along with unparalleled rewards and benefits.

In September 2008, Kingfisher Airlines launched international services and currently offers services to London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu. Kingfisher Airlines is a part of the UB Group that is one of India’s largest conglomerates with diverse interests and a global presence.

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