India's Kingfisher to launch Mumbai-Heathrow service

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India's Kingfisher Airlines is to launch services between Mumbai and London Heathrow, which will be its second international route.

The carrier says daily services will be launched on the route on 5 January. Airbus A330s will be used for the flights.

Kingfisher will be competing on the route against Air India, British Airways, Jet Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways, according to Innovata.

Mumbai-London will be Kingfisher's second international route after Bangalore-London, which it started serving in September.

Kingfisher until recently had grand plans for expansion of its fledgling international network but has put much of it on hold as a result of financial difficulties.

It recently secured additional rights from the Indian Government to serve nine additional international routes. In addition to Mumbai-London, these include Mumbai-Bangkok, Mumbai-Hong Kong, Mumbai-Singapore, Chennai-Colombo, Bangalore-Bangkok, Bangalore-Colombo, Kolkata-Chittagong and Kolkata-Dhaka. It has yet to say when it may start serving these additional routes.