Kingfisher Airlines To Join Oneworld

India’s Kingfisher Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to become a full member of the Oneworld airline alliance. Subject to regulatory approval, the airline is expected to complete the procedures to become a part of Oneworld by 2011.

 

The addition of Kingfisher will link the airline’s extensive domestic network in India to Oneworld’s global network of 800 destinations in nearly 150 countries. 58 new destinations, including key cities such as Agra, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Calicut, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Goa, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Pune, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Varanasi and Vishakapatnam, will bolster Oneworld’s coverage across South Asia. The alliance currently serve 5 gateways in India (Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai) through established members American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian.

 

In addition to the Global Explorer round-the-world fare where Kingfisher has been covered since June 2009, passengers will be able to enjoy benefits on the other Oneworld carriers such as mileage accrual and redemptions, codeshare flights and partner lounge access. The only 5-star airline in India, Kingfisher currently operates a fleet of 66 modern aircraft, including the Airbus A319, A320, A321 and A330, as well as the ATR72. It will become the first airline based in the country to be part of an alliance grouping, giving it an advantage over rivals Air India and Jet Airways.

 

Voted the World’s Leading Airline Alliance for the seventh year running at the 2009 World Travel Awards, Oneworld is the only alliance network with airline members based in South America, Australia and the Middle East. The 11-member alliance will mark another milestone when Russia’s S7 Airlines joins this year. For more information, visit www.oneworld.com and www.flykingfisher.com.

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