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
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
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.