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Kingfisher stretches its wings

Next month, Kingfisher Airlines, the airline founded three years ago by Vijay Mallya, is stretching out its wings into the International market.

The airline, which is part of one of the world’s largest drinks groups, the UB Group, is setting sights on securing exclusive ranks among the world’s premium carriers, including British Airways (BA), Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Emirates, India.

At present, two Indian airline companies, Air India and Jet Airways, have barely twenty-five per cent of the long-haul market to and from India.

Mr. Mallya revealed that the carrier had inked a deal with Air France Industries—the engineering division of Air France-KLM—for technical and maintenance support of its entire wide-body fleet.

In addition, Kingfisher has also agreed to make use of the ground handling services of Air France-KLM for its operation at Terminal 4 of London Heathrow airport.

Furthermore, Kingfisher has also negotiated with aircraft manufacturer Airbus to defer orders for thirty-two A320 short-haul flying machines from 2008-09 to 2010-12.

However, the carrier has not yet made a decision to join any of the global airline alliances.

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