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Kingfisher Airlines
Founded 2005
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent flyer program King Club
Member lounge Kingfisher Lounge
Alliance Oneworld (future)
Fleet size 66 (+130 Orders)
Destinations 80
Company slogan Fly The Good Times
Parent company UB Group
Headquarters Mumbai
Key people Vijay Mallya, Chairman & MD

Kingfisher Airlines Limited is a major Indian airline based in Mumbai[1]. Kingfisher operates more than 400 flights a day and has a network of 80 destinations, with regional and long-haul international services.[2]. Kingfisher Airlines, through one of its holding companies United Breweries Group, has a 50 percent stake in low-cost carrier Kingfisher Red.

Kingfisher Airlines is one of six airlines in the world to have a five-star rating from Skytrax, along with Asiana Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways.[3][4] In May 2009, Kingfisher Airlines carried more than a million passengers, giving it the highest market share among airlines in India.[5]

Kingfisher has its registered office in the UB Tower in Bangalore and its head office in the Kingfisher House in Mumbai.[6][7]



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.[8] 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.[9] 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[10].

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.[11][12]



Kingfisher Airlines Statistics[13]
Year Ended Passengers Carried % Change Average Load factor (%)
7 April - 8 March 12,414,336 - -
8 April - 9 March 10,850,359 12.6% 60%


Kingfisher Airlines serves over 60 domestic destinations and 7 international destinations in 7 countries across Asia and Europe.


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[14]
Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers
(Kingfisher First/Kingfisher Class)
ATR 42-500 2 48 (0/48) Both aircraft dry leased.
ATR 72-500 17
38 20 66 (0/66)
72 (0/72)
15 new aircraft to be dry leased
Airbus A319-100 3 144 (0/144) All 3 dry leased.
Airbus A320-200 10
67 134 (20/114)
174 (0/174)
180 (0/180)
9 dry leased.
Deliveries through 2010-2012.
Airbus A321-200 6
151 (32/119)
199 (0/199)
2 dry leased.
Airbus A330-200 5 15 217 (30/187) Deliveries through 2010-2012.
Airbus A350-800 5 TBD Deliveries starting 2014.
Airbus A380-800 5 5 TBD Deliveries starting 2014.
Total 66 130 25

* 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.[15]


Cabin classes


Kingfisher First

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.

Kingfisher Class

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
Kingfisher Red
Kingfisher Red Logo.png

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 Cini 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.


Kingfisher First

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.[16] 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.

Kingfisher Class

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.

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.[17]

Kingfisher Lounge

Kingfisher Lounges are offered to Kingfisher First passengers, along with King Club Silver and King Club Gold members. Lounges are located in:


King Club

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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, hotels, car rental, finance and lifestyle businesses. There are four levels in the scheme: Red, Silver,Gold and Platinum levels. Members can redeem points for over a number of schemes. Platinum, Gold and Silver members enjoy access to the Kingfisher Lounge, priority check-in, excess baggage allowance, bonus miles, and 3 Kingfisher First upgrade vouchers for Gold membership. Platinum members get 5 upgrade vouchers.

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