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Founded Commenced operations
9 May 2005
Bengaluru International Airport (Bangalore)
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai)
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Mumbai and Registered Office in UB City. Kingfisher Airlines carried more than 1 million passengers. In May 2009. Kingfisher Airlines had the second largest share in India's domestic air travel market.Subsidiaries Fleet size Destinations Kingfisher Xpress 25 27  Company slogan Fly The Good Times Parent company United Breweries Group Headquarters The Qube. Until December 2011. Force India. The airline has been facing financial issues for many years. only above GoAir. Asiana Airlines. Contents [hide] . However. it has the fifth largest market share currently. through its parent company United Breweries Group. Its head office is in Andheri (East). giving it the highest market share among airlines in India. Kingfisher Airlines is also the sponsor of F1 racing outfit. Kingfisher also won the Skytrax award for India's best airline of the year 2011. Singapore Airlines. Malaysia Airlines. Bangalore. has a 50% stake in low-cost carrier Kingfisher Red. Maharashtra Vijay Mallya (CMD) Sanjay Aggarwal (CEO) Hitesh Patel (EVP) Key people Website flykingfisher. However due to the severe financial crisis faced by the airline. which Vijay Mallya also owns. and Hainan Airlines. in light of the current turmoil of the airlines. Kingfisher Airlines was the holder (along with only seven other airlines) of the 5-star rating by Skytrax along with Cathay Pacific. Kingfisher operates 120 daily flights with regional and long-haul international services.com Kingfisher Airlines Limited is an airline group based in India. Skytrax ranking for Kingfisher Airlines has now been suspended . Qatar Airways. Kingfisher Airlines. Mumbai.
1.2 Pre-2012 Fleet o 220.127.116.11. The airline started commercial operations in 9 May 2005 with a fleet of four new Airbus A320-200s operating a flight from Mumbai to Delhi.2 Kingfisher Class 5.1 Kingfisher Xpress o 5.1.2 In-flight entertainment o 5.2 Kingfisher Class 5.1.1 Kingfisher First 18.104.22.168 Operational performance 2 Destinations o 2.1 Kingfisher First 5.1.1 Domestic 5.2 International 5. The airline is currently going through some bankruptcy problems.1 Codeshare agreement 3 Corporate affairs 4 Fleet o 4.1 Financial difficulties o 1.1. It started its international operations on 3 September 2008 by connecting Bengaluru with London.3 Kingfisher Red 5.1 Current o 4.1. It is owned by the Bengaluru based United Breweries Group.3 King Club o 22.214.171.124 New aircraft orders and deliveries 5 Services o 5.3 Cargo 5.1.1 Cabin classes 5.1.4 Kingfisher Lounge 6 Awards and achievements 7 Accidents and incidents 8 See also 9 References 10 External links  History Kingfisher Airlines was established in 2003.  Financial difficulties Main article: Kingfisher Airlines financial crisis . forcing the airline to ground many destinations and aircraft. 1 History o 1.
3%. Due to the ongoing financial crisis.6% 60% April 2009 – June 2009 2. Several flights were cancelled and aircraft were grounded. The cash-strapped airline claimed that the disruptions will continue for four days due to unexpected events including bird strikes which rendered aircraft out of service. The CEO of the airlines. By early 2012.851.000 crore (US$199. Kingfisher Airlines started to sink into a fresh crisis. In the past Lufthansa Technik & Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) had also filed winding up petition against Kingfisher Airlines During late February 2012. the airline was suspended by the International Air Transport Association from using its inter-airline fund clearing system. only 22 were known to be operational by 20 February.Ever since the airline commenced operations in 2005. the suspension means the airline will have to deal directly with other airlines when sharing revenue on services. The airline shut down most international short-haul operations and also temporarily closed bookings. an Airbus A330-200 aircraft was impounded at London Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom under Court Orders due to unpaid fees to aircraft leasing companies and RBS. winding up petition of seven creditors was pending before the Bangalore High Court.  Operational performance Kingfisher Airlines Statistics Year ended Passengers carried % Change Average load factor (%) April 2007 – March 2008 12.359 12. Out of the 64 aircraft.414. Sanjay Agarwal was summoned by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to explain the disruptions of the operations. it has been reporting losses.850. apart from non payment of Service Tax. The tax authorities in India have frozen accounts due to Income Tax deducted from Employees Salaries and not deposited with the Government since March 2009. Kingfisher's position in top Indian airlines on the basis of market share had slipped to 5 from 2 because of the crisis.360 69%  Destinations . Kingfisher's market share clearly dropped to 11. As on November 2011. Vijay Mallya called on the Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs and offered to pay up the dues by 13 December 2011. As response. Dr. After acquiring Air Deccan.336 61% April 2008 – March 2009 10.000 crore (US$1. the airline accumulated losses of over 7. With this. The cancellation of the flights was accompanied by a 13. The Kingfisher bank accounts were unfrozen on 14 December 2011. Kingfisher suffered a loss of over 1.5 million) for three consecutive years.4 billion) with half of its fleet grounded and several members of its staff going on strike. several Kingfisher's vendors had filed winding up petition with the High Court. Due non-payment.5% drop in the stocks of the company on 20 February 2012. In March 2012.
  Fleet  Current Airbus A319 on runway of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.Main article: Kingfisher Airlines destinations As of 5 April 2012. Kingfisher Airlines serves 26 domestic destinations within India and 1 international destination (London Heathrow). Kingfisher had codeshare agreements with: American Airlines (Oneworld) Philippine Airlines  Corporate affairs Kingfisher's head office is located in The Qube in Andheri (East). It has plans to launch new long haul flights to cities in Africa. Mumbai. Mumbai and its registered office is located in UB City. North America and Oceania with deliveries of new aircraft. Kingfisher's short haul routes are mostly domestic apart from some cities in South Asia.   Codeshare agreement Prior to the suspension from IATA. ATR 42s and ATR 72s are used mainly on domestic regional routes. Asia. Southeast Asia and Western Asia. All long haul routes used to be operated on the Airbus A330-200. Europe. All short haul routes are operated on the Airbus A320 family aircraft. Its first long haul destination was London. Its head office was previously in the Kingfisher House in Vile Parle (East). In 2012 Vijay Mallya was trying to sell the Vile Parle Kingfisher House. United Kingdom which was launched in September 2008. It will stop operating all international flights from 9 April 2012. Hyderabad . Bangalore.
 Although Airbus has not cancelled/suspended the orders yet . the fleet was drastically reduced from 63 to 25. A majority of the fleet was repossessed by lessors in March 2012. but it is unlikely that Kingfisher Airlines will start taking the deliveries in near future.ATR 72-500 Airbus A320-200 taxiing at HAL Airport. The Kingfisher Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of April 2012): Kingfisher Airlines Fleet Aircraft Airbus A319-133 Airbus A320-232 Airbus A321-232 Airbus A330-223 ATR 42-500 ATR 72-500 Boeing 727-044 Total In Fleet 1 7 1 1 2 12 1 25 VIP for UB Group Dry leased Notes VIP for UB Group 2 stored at BOM  Pre-2012 Fleet . Bangalore Airbus A330-200 Due to the financial problems of Kingfisher Airlines.
.3 years. On 23 February 2005. (December 2010) On 21 July 2004. Kinfisher Airlines had the following fleet: Kingfisher Airlines Fleet Aircraft Airbus A319-100 Airbus A320-200 Total 3 10 3 8 Airbus A321-200 Airbus A330-200 Airbus A350-800 Airbus A380-800 ATR 42-500 ATR 72-500 Total 6 2 4 — — 2 17 8 63 — 15 5 5 — 92 — — — 5 — 20 25 0 0 0 0 67 — Orders — Options — Passengers P 0 20 0 0 32 0 30 Y 144 114 174 180 119 199 187 TBA 0 48 66 72 800 48 66 72 Total 144 134 174 180 151 199 217 Notes All dry-leased 11 dry-leased Deliveries were throughout up until 2016 2 dry leased Deliveries were throughout up until 2015 Deliveries were planned: 2015 Deliveries were planned: 2014 All dry leased  New aircraft orders and deliveries This article may need to be rewritten entirely to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards. as section. All ATR's and a few aircraft from the A320 family are used for Kingfisher Red service. The average age of its fleet as of January 2009 was 2. The first four A320-200s were leased from debis airfinance. it took the delivery of its first Airbus A320-200 aircraft which was used to start operations in 9 May 2005. The discussion page may contain suggestions. it signed a contract with Airbus for three Airbus A319-100s and firm orders for ten A320-200s with options for twenty more.Kingfisher Airlines' fleet mainly consisted of ATR 42. You can help. it signed a MoU with Airbus for four A320-200s with options for eight more. On 25 April 2005. ATR 72 and Airbus A320 family aircraft for domestic and short haul services and Airbus A330-200s for international long-haul services. Up until March 2012.
an Airbus A330-200 (registered VT-VJL) at the 46th Farnborough Airshow held in July 2008. passengers can access movies. a few live TV channels powered by DishTV. it signed a MoU with Airbus for twenty Airbus A320 family aircraft. However. The order was for five A330-200s. English and Hindi TV programmes.  Kingfisher Class The domestic Kingfisher Class has 32-34 inch seat pitch. The order was for five A340-500s.On 15 June 2005. Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 aircraft. these A340-500 orders were cancelled in 2008 due to worldwide economic recession which resulted in skyrocketing of petroleum prices across the world in July 2008. On 24 April 2006 at Hannover. Passengers also get BOSE noise cancellation headphones. There is also a steam ironing service on board Kingfisher First cabins.  Services  Cabin classes  Domestic  Kingfisher First The domestic Kingfisher First seats have a 48 inch seat pitch and a 126 degree seat recline. On 21 November 2005. Every seat is equipped with personal IFE systems with AVOD on-board the Airbus A320 family aircraft. The screen is . it created history by becoming the first Indian airline to place orders for the Airbus A330. five A350-800s and five A380-800s. five Airbus A340-500s and fifteen Airbus A350800s. On 20 June 2007 at the 2007 Paris Airshow. Kingfisher's first Airbus A330-200 was widely billed (according to the airline's press release) as the best A330200 ever built by Airbus. Kingfisher unveiled its first ever wide-body aircraft. Every seat is equipped with a personalised 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 can avail of the latest international newspapers and magazines. it became the first Indian airline yet again to place orders for the Airbus A340 aircraft. The order for five A340-500s were converted to A330-200s in 2008 after the cancellation of the initial five A340-500 order which was placed in April 2006 at Hannover. On 14 July 2008. There are laptop and mobile phone chargers on every seat. ten Airbus A330-200s. and Kingfisher Radio. Domestic Kingfisher First is only available on selected Airbus A320 family aircraft. As in Kingfisher First. it placed another order for thirty Airbus A320 family aircraft.
the aeroplane's ground speed. alternating every few seconds. Passengers can earn King Miles even when they fly Kingfisher Red. and one or more advertisements. outside temperature. a pyjama to change into. Earcup headphones are provided free of cost to all passengers.54 inches. altitude.  International  Kingfisher First The international Kingfisher First has full flat-bed seats with a 180 degree recline. distance and time to destination. Kingfisher Airlines is the first airline in India to extend its King Club frequent flyer program to its low-cost carrier as well. Economy class meal on-board a Kingfisher Airlines domestic flight  Kingfisher Red Main article: Kingfisher Red After Kingfisher Airlines acquired Air Deccan. 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. . Also available are in-seat massagers. chargers and USB connectors. which they can redeem for free tickets to travel on Kingfisher Airlines or partner airlines. its name was changed to Simplifly Deccan and subsequently to Kingfisher Red. passengers are served bottled lemonade. Passengers are given Merino wool blankets. Before take-off. Passengers are served meals on most flights. Kingfisher Red is Kingfisher Airline's low-cost class on domestic routes. The default channel shows. A special edition of Cine Blitz magazine is the only reading material provided. the position of the aircraft on a graphical map. with a seat pitch of 78 inches. and a seat width of 20-24.controlled by a controller-console on the seat armrest. a Salvatore Ferragamo toiletry kit. five-course meals and alcoholic beverages.
This device can be used to control the IFE. The IFE is similar to that of the international Kingfisher First class. There is also a collection of interactive games.  Kingfisher Class The international Kingfisher Class seats offer a seat pitch of 34 inches. a break-out seating area just nearby fitted with two couches and bar stools. full size pillows and meals. All passengers were given a "welcome kit" consisting of goodies such as a pen.6 inch widescreen personal television with AVOD touchscreen controls. Now. a full-fledged chef on board the aircraft and any-time dining. 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.including Hollywood and Bollywood movies along with 16 channels of live TV. so passengers can watch their favorite TV programmes live. Passengers are given BOSE noise cancellation headphones. Each Kingfisher Class seat has a 10. facial tissue and headphones to use with the IFE system. passengers of Kingfisher . a seat width of 18 inches and a seat recline of 25 degrees (6 inches). Passengers get full length modacrylic blankets. play games and even has a credit-card swipe for shopping on Kingfisher's 'Air Boutique'. It also has a facility for sending text-messages. The service on board the Kingfisher First cabins includes a social area comprising a full-fledged bar staffed with a bartender. a jukebox with customisable playlists and Kingfisher Radio.  In-flight entertainment 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 was the first Indian airline to have in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems on every seat even on domestic flights. Kingfisher Xpress same day service will be India's first and only same day delivery by air service. though the service isn't provided by Kingfisher.  Cargo  Kingfisher Xpress Further information: Kingfisher Xpress Kingfisher Xpress is a new Door-to-Door cargo delivery service from Kingfisher Airlines. 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. reading-lights. It can also be controlled by a detachable remote-control console fitted in the armrest.
There are four levels in the scheme: Red. a complimentary bottle of lemonade and earphones for use with the IFE are still given. note that the airlines has suspended operation in Kochi.  Kingfisher Lounge Kingfisher Lounges are offered to Kingfisher First passengers. Gold and Silver members enjoy access to the Kingfisher Lounge. Platinum members get 5 upgrade vouchers. Kingfisher Airlines decided to have an on-screen safety demonstration using the IFE system. passengers were able to watch only recorded TV programming on the IFE system. The inflight magazines are special editions of magazines owned by Mallya's media publishing house (VJM Media) viz. and 3 Kingfisher First upgrade vouchers for Gold membership.  King Club The Frequent-flyer program of Kingfisher Airlines is called the King Club in which members earn King Miles every time they fly with Kingfisher or its partner airlines. along with King Club Silver and King Club Gold members. finance and lifestyle businesses. Lounges are located in: Bangalore International Airport Chennai International Airport Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai) Cochin International Airport (Kochi) Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi) London Heathrow Airport Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (Kolkata) Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad) However. Members can redeem points for over a number of schemes. Kolkata and Hydrabad. car rental. as mentioned earlier. Silver. Initially.  Awards and achievements .Gold and Platinum levels. Hi! Blitz for domestic flights and Hi! Living for international flights.class are not given "welcome kits" but. bonus miles. however the conventional safety briefing by the flight attendants still exists on many flights. And in a marked departure from tradition. priority check-in. but later an alliance was formed with Dish TV to provide live TV in-flight. Platinum. hotels. excess baggage allowance.
Rated amongst the Top Ten Internet Advertisers by Yahoo. 1 Airline in customer satisfaction by Business World. Pacific. . King Club has won Top Honours at the 21st Annual Freddie Awards in the Japan. Best New Domestic Airline for Excellent Services and Cuisine by Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA). Economic Times Avaya Award 2006 for Excellence in Customer Responsiveness. Ranked amongst India's Top Service Brands of 2008 by Pitch Magazine. Kingfisher is a sponsor of Force India Kingfisher Airlines frequent flyer programme. Voted as India's Favourite Airline.Adrian Sutil is pursued by Lewis Hamilton at the 2010 Malaysian GP. Asia and Australia region. Best Cabin Crew – Central Asia. Brand Leadership Award. o Kingfisher RED named Best Low Cost Airline in India / Central Asia. o King Club has won the Freddie Awards 2008 in the following categories: Best Bonus Promotion Best Customer Service Best Member Communications (First Runner-up) Best Award Redemption (First Runner-up) Best Elite Level (Second Runner-up) Best Website (Second Runner-up) Program of the Year (Second Runner-up) Kingfisher Airlines has received three global awards at the Skytrax World Airline Awards 2010 o Named Best Airline In India / Central Asia. Rated India's Second Buzziest Brand 2008 by The Brand Reporter. The Best Airline" and "India's Favourite Carrier' in a Survey conducted by IMB for The Times Of India. Rated as Asia Pacific's Top Airline Brand. India's No. Service Excellence 2005-2006 for a New Airline by Skytrax. Buzziest Brands of 2005 by agencyfaqs and The Brand Reporter. rated by Skytrax and 6th airline in the world. NDTV Profit Business Leadership Award for Aviation. India's only 5 Star airline. Ranked Third in the survey on India's Most Successful Brand launch of 2005 under the Brand Derby Survey conducted by Business Standard. Rated amongst India's 25 Innovative Companies by Planman Media in 2006. Rated amongst India's most respected companies by Business World.
. Listed in the top 100 most trusted brand in The Brand Trust Report. Rated amongst the top ten in the Best Television Commercial Jingles by NDTV. Best New Airline of the Year Award for 2005 by Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Award in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region.
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