Kingfisher to launch Kolkata-Bangkok service

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India's Kingfisher Airlines will commence once-daily direct flights between Kolkata and Bangkok, Thailand on 14 August.

It will operate an Airbus A320 aircraft with 174 seats in an all-economy class configuration, says a Kingfisher spokesman in Mumbai.

On 13 June, Kingfisher said that it would cancel services from Bangalore to London and Colombo due to poor loads and yields. However, it added that it planned to launch eight other international routes by end-2009.

It plans to start Mumbai-Singapore and Mumbai-Hong Kong daily direct flights from 16 September using its Airbus A330-200 aircraft. It has also applied for permission to begin New Delhi-London flights using the A330-200, its first international route from India's capital. It plans to start New Delhi-Bangkok and New Delhi-Dubai flights using its Airbus A320 aircraft later in the year.

"The plan to launch these new services is consistent with our goal of redeploying capacity on routes with better yields as compared to domestic sectors. Our assessment of travel behaviour in these markets, flyer preferences and projected demand indicates promising potential on these eight new international routes," Kingfisher said then.