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.