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Kingfisher Airlines claims its cancellations are due to frozen bank accounts

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) has cancelled a high number of flights since Saturday. According to this report by Reuters, the airline claims the cancellations are due mostly to frozen bank accounts.

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Kingfisher Airlines’ entry into the Oneworld alliance is put on hold

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) is trying to survive. The cash-strapped Indian carrier has put its plans to join the Oneworld alliance on hold.

The airline issued the following statement:

“India’s Kingfisher Airlines and oneworld® has agreed to put the airline’s entry into the alliance on hold to give it time to strengthen its financial position.

Its implementation into oneworld had been planned for Friday, February 10.

oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby said: “These are turbulent times for the airline industry in India and many other parts of the world.  We have been working closely with Kingfisher Airlines over the past months and it has become increasingly clear recently that the airline needs more time to resolve the financial issues it is confronting before it can be welcomed into oneworld.

“We wish it well during this process and will work with Kingfisher Airlines with the aim of setting a new joining date once it is through this current period of turbulence.”

Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya added:  “In light of the many priorities centred around Kingfisher Airlines’ recapitalisation efforts, we felt it prudent to defer our entry into the alliance for a little while. This will allow us the opportunity to focus on the issues at hand and we look forward to being part of the oneworld alliance very shortly.”

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Kingfisher Airlines asks for help from the Indian government

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) has informed Indian aviation minister Ajit Singh that it will not be able to maintain its scheduled operations without a temporary bank overdraft, the Financial Express newspaper reported and this report by The International Business Times.

The struggling carrier needs help to pay its creditors to avoid having its leased aircraft seized according to chairman Vijay Mallya.

Several aircraft lessors have gone to court in the UK in order to seize the aircraft due to its unpaid bills.

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Is this the last chapter for Kingfisher Airlines?

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) is facing the possibility its AOC could be revoked by the DGCA over safety concerns and its failing financial situation. The carrier is pleading for more time as it seeks additional investors to keep the airline flying.

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Kingfisher Airlines cuts flights as it attempts to restructure

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) is in financial difficulty. The airline, which has lost over $935 million in the past three years, is cutting flights (167 flights cut since November 8) and seeking government assistance in reorganizing according to this article by Bloomberg Businessweek. However the airline faces some of its aircraft being seized for non-payment of leases.

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Kingfisher aircraft skids off the runway at Chennai

Kingfisher Airlines’ (Mumbai) had an incident early this morning in Chennai, India according to this report by The Times of India. The flight had departed Chennai bound for Trichy when it returned to Chennai. The nose wheel burst on landing and the aircraft skidded off the main runway. There were no injuries to the 13 passengers and five crew members on board. The aircraft was recovered and the runway was later opened.

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Kingfisher Airlines to exit the low-fare “Kingfisher Red” market

Kingfisher Airlines (Mumbai) has announced it will exit its low-fare segment known as “Kingfisher Red” and concentrate on its premium international routes and services.

Kingfisher Red, known formerly as Simplifly Deccan and previously as Air Deccan, is the low-cost brand of Kingfisher Airlines.

Formerly known as Air Deccan, the airline was previously operated by Deccan Aviation. It was started by Captain G. R. Gopinath and its first flight operated on August 23, 2003 from Hyderabad to Vijaywada. It was known popularly as the common man’s airline and Gopinath wanted every one to be able to fly cheaply.

On December 19, 2007, it was announced that Air Deccan would be acquired and merged with Kingfisher Airlines.

Since Indian aviation regulations prohibited domestic airlines from flying on international routes until they had operated in the domestic market for five years, it was decided to instead merge Kingfisher Airlines into Deccan Aviation, following which Deccan Aviation would be renamed Kingfisher Airlines. This was because Air Deccan was the older of the two airlines, and therefore would be the first to qualify for flying on international routes. The merger became effective in April 2008, with Vijay Mallya becoming the Chairman and CEO of the new company, while G. R. Gopinath became its Vice Chairman.

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Has Kingfisher Airlines given up on its Airbus A380 order?

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) on June 20, 2007 at the 2007 Paris Airshow, signed a MOU with Airbus for 15 Airbus A350-800s.

An article by the Business Standard claims that Kingfisher will not add either Airbus A350s or A380s, although the airline declined to comment.

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American Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines move closer with a new code share and frequent flyer relationship

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) yesterday announced it is moving ahead with a new code-sharing and frequent flyer relationship with Kingfisher Airlines (Mumbai).

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Kingfisher Airlines is invited to join the Oneworld Alliance

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Kingfisher Airlines (Mumbai) has been invited to join the Oneworld Alliance after submitting a formal submission.

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