Kingfisher Airlines Launches Flights on the New Delhi - London Route

Launch Marks the First International Flight Out of New Delhi; To Launch Four More International Fights Out of New Delhi in the next 4 Weeks

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Mr. Ranbir Kapoor along with Mr. P.S. Nair, GMR CEO hand over the boarding pass to the first guest of the Kingfisher Airlines Delhi-London flight today at the inaugural ceremony of the airlines Delhi-London sector   Mr. Vijay Arora, All India Head of Sales- Kingfisher Airlines Limited hands over Kingfisher Airlines aircraft model to Mr. Ranbir Kapoor to commemorate the launch of the airlines Delhi-London route today
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From(L-R) Mr. Prakash Jha, Film Director, Rajneeti along with Mr. Ranbir Kapoor and Mr. P.S. Nair, GMR CEO raise a toast on-board Kingfisher Airlines Delhi-London flight to celebrate the launch of the sector   From (L-R) Mr. Prakash Jha- Film Director, Rajneeti along with Mr. Ranbir Kapoor and Mr. P.S. Nair, GMR CEO at the ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the Kingfisher Airlines Delhi-London sector launch today

New Delhi, March 28, 2010 - Kingfisher Airlines, India’s only Five Star airline rated by Skytrax, today flagged-off its first flight on the New Delhi London route. The launch of this new route marks the first time that Kingfisher Airlines is commencing international flights out of New Delhi. These flights will be daily non-stop flights from New Delhi to London Heathrow.

Kingfisher Airlines’ flight IT 001 will take off from New Delhi at 1.20 pm and arrive at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 at 6.10 pm, local time. From London, flight IT 002 will leave at 9.05 pm and arrive the next day at 10.20 am in New Delhi, local time.

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 Kingfisher' Airlines’ maiden international service out of New Delhi. We have set new standards in international travel with the unique Kingfisher experience that has earned us a 5 star rating from Skytrax. Our guests who fly with us can look forward to unique levels of comfort, entertainment including live television and fine dining options on board together with the warmest Indian hospitality offered by a handpicked and extensively trained crew. International traffic demand in and out of India remains robust and the unique ties between Britain and India generate attractive additional opportunities”.

The flights on the New Delhi-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.

Sharing details about the connectivity with the vast domestic route network of Kingfisher Airlines, Mr. Manoj Chacko, Executive Vice President-Commercial, Kingfisher Airlines Limited said, “The New Delhi – London flight offers excellent connectivity with Jaipur, Leh, Amritsar,  Kullu, Lucknow, Shimla, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad  amongst other cities. Guests will now be able to fly in on Kingfisher Airlines from these cities and easily connect with the flight from New Delhi to London. The London – New Delhi flight offers easy and convenient connections to Srinagar, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Kathmandu, Udaipur, Dehradhun, Ranchi. Amritsar, Bangalore, Indore, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur, & Kolkata. Besides when we start fights to Kathmandu, guests coming from Kathmandu and going to Kathmandu will be able to connect very conveniently with the flights on the New Delhi – London – New Delhi route. We also offer easy and convenient onward connections to multiple destinations throughout Europe”.

“Besides, the fact that we are able to offer our guests on these connecting routes a seamless, through-check-in, they can benefit from King Club, India’s most rewarding loyalty program which offers a unique and expanding suite of valuable benefits and exclusive privileges”, added Mr. Chacko.

Kingfisher Airlines will also be launching flights to four more international destinations out of New Delhi and three more international destinations out of Mumbai over the coming weeks according to the schedule indicated below:

New Delhi –Hong Kong from April 7, 2010
New Delhi – Bangkok from April 17, 2010
New Delhi – Dubai & New Delhi – Kathmandu from April 24, 2010
Mumbai – Bangkok from April 7, 2010
Mumbai – Dubai & Mumbai – Kathmandu from April 24, 2010

The service on board Kingfisher First features:

A 180 degree flat bed with a seat pitch of 78 inches
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
An in-seat massager on every seat
Touch screen controls
Gourmet cuisine & Any-time dining
A choice of award winning wines, spirits and liquor
Spectacle cleaning
Shopping on board
BOSE noise cancellation headphones
In-seat laptop / mobile chargers
State-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment system

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

Three course meal
International cabin crew
Full length moda acrylic blankets
State-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment system

Kingfisher Airlines caters to all segments of 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 63 cities in India and 7 international destinations and has over 375 daily departures with a fleet of 66 aircraft.

About Kingfisher Airlines:
Kingfisher Airlines is India’s first and only 5-Star airline 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.

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