India’s Kingfisher Airlines will make Bangalore-London its first international route, with the inaugural flight set for the first week in September.
Kingfisher’s other proposed London service, departing Mumbai, will
now be delayed with a possible start date later this year.
What is certain is that Kingfisher’s non-stop
daily flight operated by a two-class Airbus A330-200 will depart Bangalore in the morning
to arrive in Heathrow in the early afternoon. The return service is set to
depart Heathrow in the evening which would then provide an early morning
arrival in Bangalore
on the following day. (See online news July 15 for details of the onboard
The airline is in the midst of finalising
prices for the new service but these are expected to be highly competititive. Kingfisher will have to price keenly because
it will be up against British Airways which currently flies Heathrow-Bangalore
daily non-stop with a larger four-class B747-400.
In other news Kingfisher admits that high fuel
prices have prompted its delay plans to launch ultra long-haul non-stop flights
with Airbus A340-500s between Bangalore, San Francisco and New
airline is unable to confirm or deny persistent reports that when these flights
start they will be routed via Amsterdam
(from where passengers will be able to connect onto the KLM/Skyteam global
network) to economise on fuel costs (see online news, July 28).
Kingfisher (which operates an extensive
domestic Indian network) has now
established a toll-free number (0800 0470810) enabling UK-based passengers to make enquiries.
For more details go to flykingfisher.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter