Monday, 19 December 2011: Kingfisher Airlines will become
part of oneworld® with effect from Friday 10 February
2012, adding India's leading carrier to the premier
global airline alliance.
It will be the first carrier from the subcontinent to
join any of the global airline groups - and the first of
three airlines to join oneworld in its biggest membership
expansion drive for five years, with airberlin set to
follow it on board the alliance shortly afterwards and
Malaysia Airlines later in the year.
Kingfisher Airlines received its green light to board
oneworld this week after successfully completing a
thorough review of its readiness conducted by British
Airways, which is sponsoring its entry into the alliance,
with the oneworld central team.
So from 10 February 2012, it will be offering oneworld's
full range of services - and substantially expanding the
alliance's network throughout India, one of the fastest
growing regions of the world for air travel demand.
For Kingfisher Airlines, joining oneworld will strengthen
its competitive offering and its financial position,
enabling it to offer customers an unrivalled alliance
global network served by partners including some of the
best and biggest airlines in the world.
Its addition will extend oneworld's global coverage to
nearly 800 destinations in almost 150 countries, served
by a total of almost 8,500 departures a day operated by a
combined fleet of more than 2,250 aircraft, carrying 305
million passengers a year, with annual revenues of US$94
billion. With the addition soon of airberlin and later
this year Malaysia Airlines, the oneworld network will
expand to more than 850 destinations.
oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby said: "Kingfisher Airlines will
expand oneworld's network substantially in a key region
of growing travel demand, with a carrier that matches our
demanding requirements, while enabling Kingfisher
Airlines to offer its customers a truly global network on
quality partners. We are look forward to welcoming them
to the oneworld alliance in February."
Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya said:
"Kingfisher Airlines takes great pride in its track
record for quality and innovation. By becoming part of
oneworld in February, we will be flying as part of the
world's leading quality airline alliance - and the first
carrier from the subcontinent to be accepted into any of
the global airline groups.
"Becoming part of oneworld will be one of the most
significant steps in Kingfisher Airlines' history. It
will enable us to offer our customers a truly global
network served by partners who include some of the best
known and most admired airlines in the world, while our
King Club frequent flyers will have more opportunities to
earn and redeem mileage rewards and enjoy all their other
benefits. It will also strengthen us financially, through
revenues from passengers transferring to our network from
our oneworld partners and the cost reduction
opportunities the alliance offers."
Royal Jordanian President/CEO Hussein Dabbas said: "Royal
Jordanian is happy and honoured to welcome Kingfisher
Airlines to join the family of oneworld alliance. The
membership of Kingfisher Airlines, one of the biggest and
finest luxury airlines of India, means the alliance has
taken a large step forward in completing its expansion
strategy. The addition of the alliance's 12th airline
extends RJ network to cover more destinations in the
Indian subcontinent. RJ operates 4 weekly flights to
Delhi and 3 weekly flights to Mumbai; together we can
offer our passengers a more extensive route network, thus
providing greater choices to them."
When Kingfisher Airlines joins, members of its King Club
frequent flyer programme will be able to earn and redeem
mileage awards on all oneworld partners - American
Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways,
Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malév
Hungarian Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines
and almost 20 affiliated airlines.
King Club King Platinum cardholders will have oneworld
Emerald status with its King Club Gold members enjoying
oneworld Sapphire status, gaining them access to more
than 550 airport lounges worldwide offered by the
alliance's airlines. King Club Silver cardholders will
have oneworld Ruby status.
King Club Platinum, Gold and Silver cardholders will soon
be sent new membership cards, bearing the oneworld logo,
to ensure they receive their alliance benefits from 10
Also from 10 February, the 120 million members of the
established oneworld airlines' frequent flyer programmes
will be able to earn and redeem awards and tier status
points and receive all other oneworld benefits on
Its network - currently serving 54 destinations and nine
countries - will from then be covered by oneworld's full
and extensive range of alliance fares and sales products.
It will add more than 40 destinations to the alliance's
network, all of them in its India home, which is the
world's second most populous market and forecast to be
the world's second biggest economy within two decades.
Its middle class population is expected to grow tenfold
by 2025 - to nearly 600 million.
Currently seven of oneworld's established airlines -
American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific,
Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian -
serve five Indian gateways, in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore,
Chennai and Hyderabad.
Kingfisher Airlines was invited to join oneworld in June
2010 after gaining approval from India's Ministry of
Civil Aviation to become part of the alliance.
Its alliance implementation programme has represented one
of the most extensive projects in its history, with
working groups covering some 35 streams of activity.
Projects are nearing completion to bring Kingfisher
Airlines' various internal processes and procedures into
line with the alliance's requirements, and extensive
employee training and communications programmes are now
underway at Kingfisher Airlines and the alliance's
existing members, to ensure they are ready to provide
oneworld's customer services and benefits across the
expanded alliance from 10 February.
Meantime, it has implemented frequent flyer links with
established oneworld partners American Airlines, British
Airways, Finnair and S7 ahead of joining the alliance and
signed code-sharing agreements with British Airways.
Frequent flyer reciprocity between Kingfisher Airlines
and LAN will be implemented shortly after Kingfisher
Airlines joins oneworld because of LAN's impending
migration of its main information technology platform.
About Kingfisher Airlines
Since its launch in 2005, Kingfisher Airlines has
established itself as India's leading air carrier in
terms of domestic passenger carried, daily flights (with
more than 260 daily departures on average currently),
customer service quality and innovation.
It is India's only five star airline, as rated by
Skytrax, the independent airline quality research
organisation. Besides being the first airline in India to
offer in-flight entertainment at every seat in its
full-service class cabins, Kingfisher Airlines offers
Live TV with 16 channels. It has received numerous awards
for innovation and customer responsiveness - most
recently all three prizes available to carriers from
India and Central Asia in the Skytrax Airline of the Year
The airline launched its first international routes in
September 2008 and now serves oneworld hubs Bangkok, Hong
Kong, London Heathrow and Singapore. Internationally, it
also currently serves Colombo, Dubai, Dhaka and
Kathmandu. In total, it flies to 54 destinations
worldwide - 46 of them in India - in nine countries, with
its main hubs at Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
It carried 12 million guests in its financial year to end
31 March 2011. Its fleet currently comprises 64 modern
aircraft. It employs 7,500 staff. During its latest
financial year, to end March 2011, it generated revenues
totalling US$ 1.4 billion. Kingfisher Airlines is part of
the UB Group, one of India's largest conglomerates with
diverse interests and a global presence.
oneworld is the world's premier global airline alliance.
It brings together some of the best and biggest names in
the airline business - American Airlines, British
Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines,
LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian
and S7 Airlines, and around 20 affiliates including
American Eagle, Dragonair, LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and
LAN Peru. airberlin, India's Kingfisher Airlines and
Malaysia Airlines are on track to join in 2012. Mexicana
is an inactive member. Between them, these airlines:
Serve more than 850 airports in nearly 150 countries,
with more than 10,000 daily departures.
Offer more than 550 airport lounges for premium
Carry almost a million passengers a day on a combined
fleet of more than 2,500 aircraft.
Generate more than US$ 100 billion annual revenues in
oneworld enables its members to offer their customers
more services and benefits than any airline can provide
on its own. These include a broader route network,
opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and
points across the combined oneworld network and more
airport lounges. oneworld also offers more alliance fares
than any of its competitors.
oneworld was named the Best Airline Alliance by Global
Traveler in its GT Tested Reader Survey 2011 Awards for
the second year running and the World's Leading Airline
Alliance in the 2010 World Travel Awards, retaining that
title for the eighth consecutive year.