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India's Kingfisher to fly to Heathrow

Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines is to begin flights linking India with London Heathrow as part of its move into international operations later this summer.

In March the airline indicated it hoped to begin its international operations with services linking Bangalore to San Francisco, tentatively set for 27 August, after taking delivery of its first Airbus A330s and A340-500s over the summer.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC, Kingfisher Airlines chairman and CEO Vijay Mallya said the carrier remains committed to its international plans and that services to Heathrow would be among the first services launched.

“A sound India-UK service is something that has good potential,” he says, noting the carrier will launch international flights in late August or the first week in September.

While the carrier intends to serve Heathrow, it is still finalising its precise route plans. “We’ve got the slots at Heathrow so we are looking at Bombay-London, though many people are trying to persuade me it should be Bangalore-London,” Mallya says.

Source: flight global's premium sister partner Air Transport Intelligence news

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