Kingfisher Airlines joining oneworld’s Global Explorer round the world fare

From June 1, 2009, Kingfisher Airlines will participate in oneworld’s Global Explorer round the world fare, which offers flights on all members of the oneworld® alliance and some other selected airlines.

KingGlobal Explorer will join a number of airlines with no other oneworld links – Aer Lingus, Air Pacific, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Airlines, and Gulf Air. This will be the first time a domestic network in India is to be offered by a round-the-world fare. Flights carrying the Qantas code but operated by Air Tahiti Nui, Jetstar, South African Airways and Vietnam Airlines are included too.

The fare also covers all routes offered by oneworld’s existing member airlines – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian and some 20 affiliated carriers, including LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru, China’s Dragonair and South Africa’s Comair. Mexicana and its affiliate MexicanaClick also participate, ahead of joining oneworld later in 2009.

These airlines currently serve five points in India Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The addition of Kingfisher Airlines’ domestic network expands that to a further 62 gateways across the country.

Congratulations Kingfisher.

We can only hope this is a pre-cursor to Kingfisher Airlines becoming a full partner in the oneworld alliance.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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