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Kingfisher Airlines to fly in May
Ritesh Gupta, New Delhi
 

Ritesh Gupta, New Delhi  
(25th Jan 2005)


AS India's domestic airline market gears up for competition, new carrier Kingfisher Airlines announced it will start its commercial operations on the Mumbai-Delhi sector on May 9. The airline is being launched by Mr Vijay Mallya whose UB Group makes Kingfisher beer.

The airline is banking on features such as personalised in-flight entertainment, doing away with a business class, and seats that are an inch wider than other domestic airlines. Mr Mallya said the corporate sector is focusing on travelling by economy class and tickets will be 20 to 25 per cent cheaper than other domestic airlines, but not lower than budget airlines.

Kingfisher Airlines has already signed a deal with Airbus to acquire a total of 30 A320 jets for US$1.8 billion. The carrier has exercised six options, making a total of 10 A320s on firm orders with options for 20 more new aircraft. It will operate a fleet of eight new Airbus aircraft in 2005 and plans to add eight A320s in 2006.

The options of booking tickets online will be available. “We don't intend to have GSAs or travel agents, but have told them that they would be given commissions if they patronise us,” Mr Mallya said.

 
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