Kingfisher Airlines of India is set to join the global alliance oneworld.
February 23: Kingfisher Airlines of India is set to join the global alliance oneworld in 2011 as British Airways has stepped forward as its sponsor at a meeting with Chief Executives from oneworld’s eleven existing member airlines in Mumbai.
Kingfisher, led by flamboyant Formula One team boss Vijay Mallya, has signed a memorandum of understanding as its first step towards full membership, subject to Indian regulatory approval. India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation will decide if approval to proceed with its membership will go forward.
Mallya said “Kingfisher Airlines is proud to be lining up to join the world’s leading quality global airline alliance. Becoming part of oneworld would be one of our most significant steps so far – it will enable us to offer our guests a truly global network. It will also strengthen us financially, through revenues from passengers transferring to our network from oneworld partners and the cost reduction opportunities the alliance offers.”
Kingfisher’s addition to oneworld will link India’s most extensive domestic network to oneworld’s network of 800 destinations in almost 150 countries, served by a combined fleet of 2,350 aircraft operating some 9,000 flights a day, carrying some 340 million passengers a year.