Oneworld airline alliance has won its second Asian success in a week, with the announcement that it is to enrol Kingfisher Airlines, one of India’s most aggressive aviation players by 2011. The move comes days after oneworld successfully retained Japan Airlines, despite numerous rumours that it was going to bolt for rival SkyTeam.
The carrier, established by flamboyant beer magnate Vijay Mallya, brings to the 11-member alliance Kingfisher’s extensive domestic network. This will link 58 Indian cities to oneworld’s network of 800 destinations in almost 150 countries.
Kingfisher Airlines has just applied to India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation Authority to proceed with its membership of oneworld.
With British Airways acting as sponsor, Kingfisher Airlines can expect to fly as part of the alliance by 2011.
Margie T Logarta