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Tuesday . April 25 . 2017
         
 
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Kingfisher goes first class
 
Anand & Madhura Katti, Mumbai  (2006-04-21)

KINGFISHER Airlines has added Kingfisher First offering first class seating after operating with a single class configuration for a year.

Kingfisher Airlines chairman and CEO Dr Vijaya Mallya said: "Our country and economy is growing. There is a discerning class that is willing to pay for service."

60 regular seats are knocked off on Airbus A320 aircraft to accommodate 20 first class seats. These are "sleeperette" seats with a 48-inch pitch, 125-degree recline, adjustable headrests and fully extendable footrests.

Currently Kingfisher First is available on Mumbai-Delhi and Goa-Kochi routes. The service will be extended to one additional aircraft per month until all 11 Airbus aircraft are refurbished to provide the service.

The new aircraft Airbus 321s joining the fleet from October 2006 will have 32 first class seats.

According to company sources, first class seats are priced at 15 to 20 per cent higher than rival Jet Airways' business class. The cost of travel in Kingfisher First is four times higher than that of Kingfisher Class (economy class).

Kingfisher Airlines has a market share of 7.2 per cent with an average load factor of 65 to 70 per cent.

 
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