Kingfisher Airlines registered office at the UB Group Towers in Bangalore, India
The airline started operations on 9 May 2005, following the dry lease of four new Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Its first flight was from Mumbai to Delhi. At the launch of the airline, Dr. Mallya said that he is "committed to achieving our ambition of making Kingfisher Airlines India's largest private airline both in capacity and market share by 2010."
Kingfisher was the first Indian airline to have in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems on every seat even on domestic flights. All passengers were given a "welcome kit" consisting goodies such as a pen, facial tissue and headphones to use with the IFE system. Initially, passengers were able to watch only recorded TV programming on the IFE system, but later an alliance was formed with Dish TV to provide live TV in-flight. And in a marked departure from tradition, Kingfisher Airlines decided to have an on-screen safety demonstration using the IFE system.
On 14 July 2008, Kingfisher unveiled its first ever Wide-body aircraft, a Airbus A330-200 (registered VT-VJL) at the 46th Farnborough Airshow held in July 2008. Kingfisher's first Airbus A330-200 was widely billed (according to the airline's press release) as the best A330-200 ever built by Airbus.
On 3 September 2008, Kingfisher started its international operations by connecting Bangalore with London. On 15 September 2009 the London service was withdrawn.
On 23 February 2010 Kingfisher announced that it would be joining the Oneworld airline alliance by 2011 subject to regulatory approval.
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Kingfisher Airlines serves over 60 domestic destinations and 7 international destinations in 7 countries across Asia and Europe.
Main article: Kingfisher Airlines destinations
Kingfisher Airlines' fleet currently consists of ATR 42, ATR 72 and Airbus A320 family aircraft for domestic and short haul services and Airbus A330-200s for international long-haul services. The average age of its fleet as of January 2009 was 2.3 years.
Kingfisher's fleet consists of the following aircraft as of 25 January 2010:
Kingfisher Airlines Fleet
(Kingfisher First/Kingfisher Class)
Both aircraft dry leased.
15 new aircraft to be dry leased
All 3 dry leased.
9 dry leased.
Deliveries through 2010-2012.
2 dry leased.
Deliveries through 2010-2012.
Deliveries starting 2014.
Deliveries starting 2014.
* Kingfisher Airlines has a commitment for 35 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 15 Airbus A350-800s which was announced at the 2007 Paris Air Show.
The domestic Kingfisher First seats have a 48 inch seat pitch and a 125 degree seat recline. There are laptop and mobile phone chargers on every seat. Passengers can avail of the latest international newspapers and magazines. There is also a steam ironing service on board Kingfisher First cabins. Every seat is equipped with a personalized IFE system with AVOD which offers a wide range of Hollywood and Bollywood movies, English and Hindi TV programmes, 16 live TV channels and 10 channels of Kingfisher Radio. Passengers also get BOSE noise cancellation headphones.
Domestic Kingfisher First is only available on selected Airbus A320 family aircraft.
The domestic Kingfisher Class has 32-34 inch seat pitch with footrests. Every seat is equipped with personal IFE systems with AVOD on-board the Airbus A320 family aircraft. As in Kingfisher First, passengers can access the latest movies, English and Hindi TV programmes, live TV and Kingfisher Radio.
On-board the ATR 72-500s there are 17 colour LCD drop-down screens mounted along with loudspeakers for audio in the cabin overhead, a head-end unit to handle CDs and DVDs, and a crew control panel. The screens measure 12.7 cm by 9.3 cm, weigh 0.2 kg each and are spaced every two or three seat rows along both sides of the cabin.
Economy class meal on-board a Kingfisher Airlines domestic flight
After Kingfisher Airlines acquired Air Deccan, its name was changed to Simplifly Deccan and subsequently to Kingfisher Red. Kingfisher Red is Kingfisher Airline's low-cost class on domestic routes. Passengers are given complimentary in-flight meals and bottled water. A special edition of Cine Blitz magazine is the only reading material provided.
Kingfisher Airlines is the first airline in India to extend its King Club frequent flyer program to its low-cost carrier as well. Passengers can earn King Miles even when they fly Kingfisher Red, which they can redeem for free tickets to travel on Kingfisher Airlines or partner airlines.
The international Kingfisher First has full flat-bed seats with a 180 degree recline, with a seat pitch of 78 inches, and a seat width of 20-24.54 inches. Passengers are given Merino wool blankets, a Salvatore Ferragamo toiletry kit, a pyjama to change into, five-course meals and alcoholic beverages. Also available are in-seat massagers, chargers and USB connectors.
Every Kingfisher First seat has a 17 inch widescreen personal television with AVOD touchscreen controls and offers 357 hours of programming content spread over 36 channels, including Hollywood and Bollywood movies along with 16 channels of live TV, so passengers can watch their favorite TV programmes live. There is also a collection of interactive games, a jukebox with customisable playlists and Kingfisher Radio. Passengers are given BOSE noise cancellation headphones.
The service on board the Kingfisher First cabins includes a social area comprising a full-fledged bar staffed with a bartender, a break-out seating area just nearby fitted with two couches and bar stools, a full-fledged chef on board the aircraft and any-time dining. A turn-down service includes the conversion of the seat into a fully-flat bed and an air-hostess making the bed when the passenger is ready to sleep.
Both Kingfisher First and Kingfisher classes feature mood lighting on the Airbus A330-200 with light schemes corresponding to the time of day and flight position.
The international Kingfisher Class seats offer a seat pitch of 34 inches, a seat width of 18 inches and a seat recline of 25 degrees (6 inches). Passengers get full length modacrylic blankets, full size pillows and business class meals. There are in-seat chargers and USB connectors.
Each Kingfisher Class seat has a 10.6 inch widescreen personal television with AVOD touchscreen controls. The IFE is similar to that of the international Kingfisher First class.
Kingfisher's IFE system is the Thales TopSeries i3000/i4000 on-board the Airbus A320 family aircraft, and Thales TopSeries i5000 on-board the Airbus A330 family aircraft provided by the France-based Thales Group.
Kingfisher Lounges are offered to Kingfisher First passengers, along with King Club Silver and King Club Gold members. Lounges are located in:
The Frequent-flyer program of Kingfisher Airlines is called the King Club in which members earn King Miles everytime they fly with Kingfisher or its partner airlines, hotels, car rental, finance and lifestyle businesses. There are four levels in the scheme: King Club Base, Red, Silver and Gold levels. Members can redeem points for over a number of schemes. Gold and Silver members enjoy access to the Kingfisher Lounge, priority check-in, excess baggage allowance, bonus miles, and 2 Kingfisher First upgrade vouchers for Gold membership.
Accidents and incidents
On 10 November 2009, Flight 4124, operated by ATR 72-212A VT-KAC skidded off the runway after landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The aircraft suffered substantial damage but all 46 passengers and crew escaped unharmed.
^ Kingfisher Airlines Media Center
^ Kingfisher Airlines conferred 5-star Airline status
^ ICICI, Kingfisher, Taj top brands in Asia-Pacific: Survey
^ Domestic Passengers carried by Indian Scheduled Airlines in the Month of May, 2009
^ "Contact Us." Kingfisher Airlines. Retrieved on 25 August 2009.
^ ENS Economic Bureau. "Jet, Kingfisher trying to fly in formation." Indian Express. Tuesday 14 October 2008. Retrieved on 25 August 2009.
^ Kingfisher Airlines to take wings on May 9
^ Kingfisher partners with Dish TV
^ Kingfisher Airlines Unveils Its First Wide Body Aircraft
^ India Kingfisher Airlines set to join Oneworld alliance
^ India's Kingfisher Airlines set to join oneworld alliance
^ Traffic Statistics
^ Kingfisher Airlines Fleet
^ Kingfisher firms five-A350 order in otherwise bleak April
^ Kingfisher Airlines unveil new Airbus A330-200 designed to take the customer experience to the highest quality level
^ Airborne again: IFE systems
^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20091110-0. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
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