Kingfisher Airlines continues to present Airbus A340-500 models — this time to Ranbir Kapoor

A little tongue in cheek humour as we enter the Easter weekend.
As previously announced, Kingfisher Airlines launched its Delhi – London Heathrow flights on March 28th.

At the ceremony the guest of honour was famous Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor. Along with the press release one picture caught my eye.

Kingfisher Airbus A340-500 model to Ranbir Kapoor Bollywood actor
Kingfisher’s head of sales Mr. Vijay Arora presented what appears to be a model of an Airbus A340-500.

I thought post 2008 when financial peril forced Kingfisher never to take delivery of these aircraft, and to distress sell them to Arik Air and others, Kingfisher would have liked to put this sorry saga beyond them. Or was it a sign that Kingfisher was thinking of buying new A340-500s?

A Kingfisher spokesperson denied that the airline was going to induct any A340-500s, but the spokesperson did not have any answer when Bangalore Aviation enquired as to why these models of an aircraft not in the Kingfisher fleet, were presented.

The logical conclusion — cost cutting. Obviously the airline has a lot of A340-500 models spare, and is using them for these types of ceremonial events. If nothing else, A340-500 dreams still reign proud at the King of good times, during the pragmatism of cost cutting.

Have a great weekend.

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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