Update – January 6. It never struck me, when posting the original article, but based on the timings, Kingfisher can offer passengers, connection between Singapore and London via Mumbai. Further, if Kingfisher can streamline its current Bangalore London operations with better slots at Heathrow, it need only one Airbus A330 instead of the current two. It can deploy that aircraft on a Mumbai-Singapore-Sydney route, since Qantas is reportedly withdrawing its Mumbai – Sydney service. An added benefit for Kingfisher will be to offer a complete Kangaroo route.
Original Article – January 4.
Kingfisher Airlines will launch a slew of international services to London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Colombo, through the month of January, starting tomorrow.
Mumbai, India – London Heathrow, United Kingdom
On 5th January, Kingfisher will commence its second international flight, on the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – London Heathrow sector. Kingfisher’s only existing international service is also to London Heathrow, from Bangalore, launched in September 2008.
Kingfisher will deploy its new VT-VJx series Airbus A330-200 aircraft on this route, in a two class configuration. The Kingfisher First features full flat seats with massage, touch-screen controls, full size pillows and merino wool blankets. Both classes features an in-flight entertainment system.
IT7 will depart Mumbai 13:50 and arrive London Heathrow Terminal 4 at 17:55.
IT8 will depart London Heathrow 20:30 and arrive Mumbai at 11:00 the next day.
Mumbai, India – Hong Kong, SAR
Kingfisher has scheduled operations, on the Mumbai – Hong Kong sector, to commence from January 12, 2009, using the Airbus A330-200 VT-VJx series.
IT31 will depart Mumbai 00:15 and arrive Hong Kong at 08:45.
IT32 will depart Hong Kong at 14:00 and arrive Mumbai at 17:30.
Mumbai, India – Singapore
Kingfisher has scheduled operations, on the Mumbai – Singapore sector, to commence from January 16, 2009, using the same Airbus A330-200 VT-VJx series.
IT21 will depart Mumbai 23:40 and arrive Singapore at 07:40 the next day.
IT22 will depart Singapore 09:20 and arrive Mumbai at 12:10.
Bangalore and Chennai, India – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Kingfisher has scheduled operations, on the Bangalore – Colombo and Chennai – Colombo sectors, to commence from January 19, 2009, using the narrow body Airbus A320 aircraft.
IT61 will depart Chennai 07:15 and arrive Colombo at 08:15.
IT62 will depart Colombo 17:30 and arrive Chennai at 18:30.
IT63 will depart Bangalore 15:00 and arrive Colombo at 16:20.
IT64 will depart Colombo 09:15 and arrive Bangalore at 10:30.
With the exception of the Singapore flights, I am concerned at the amount of time, the aircraft are spending at the destinations. Airplanes on the ground, only cost, not earn, money,
Congrats to Kingfisher for finally ramping up the international show.