VJ Mallya has been captured by the BBC talking about his plans for launching Kingfisher Airlines onto the international stage.
He says that the first services kick off at the end of August/early September with a service either from Bombay or Bangalore to London.
The FT reports that Kingfisher is in talks with KLM to grab a pair of its spare slots at London Heathrow to add to the pair it has obtained (for free) from the limited slot pool at the airport. As a start-up it has the ability to gain slots from this pool.
The interview ranges over which drinks brand his UB Group could buy next and the performance of his Indian Premium League Cricket Club.