Temph0 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 9 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10762 times:
Kingfisher is in the middle of some public issues regarding leased aircraft, fuel and liquidity. GECAS is trying to reposess 4 A320's (which I believe was delayed by Indian courts), The government had to negotiate a fuel payment plan for past bills and extend credit for future purchases to 90 days, and ICICI bank is rumoured to no longer be willing to provide lines of credit (and is trying to get their existing loans to Kingfisher called back).
All this implies that Kingfisher is running out of cash, and may not be able to raise more.
The UB group (parent) itself is not doing too well - how long will they support Kingfisher? Is there a silver lining somewhere that will save Kingfisher? If not, how long until they go bankrupt?
LHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 10762 times:
Quoting Temph0 (Thread starter): The UB group (parent) itself is not doing too well - how long will they support Kingfisher? Is there a silver lining somewhere that will save Kingfisher? If not, how long until they go bankrupt?
Is the 'silver lining' called 'Jet Airways'? How are 9W's current finances?
Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 9545 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10762 times:
United Brands Group is a huge Indian conglomerate, owned by Vijay Millaya. United's main line is beer sales,so they have huge resources to suppport the airline. It would be a huge black to India'a Richard Branson if Kingfisher went bankrupt.
Flying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2433 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 10764 times:
I've read in a magazine that Dr Vijay's assets have lost 90% of their value with the financial crisis...
He desperately seeks financial backing for his Formula One team as well...
Not too sure spending his time in the flight attendant selections sessions was the best way to run his business.
Comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4909 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9499 times:
The two countervailing forces facing aviation in India right now are a drop in demand and high fuel prices. Fortunately fuel prices are dropping rapidly, but so is demand. Low fares are well and good to build market share but unsustainable over the long run.
The question is, can IT ride out the next few months until it sees the benefit of lower ATF costs. It seems, unfortunately, that we are talking weeks right now. It's a shame that another high-quality operation may hit the rocks, but I'm hoping they'll make it.
WorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8301 times:
the beer business may be great but it can't keep an int'l airline alive on its own. The airline has to make money or at least stop hemorrhaging it.
Remember, Kingfisher was the airline that ordered A380s before even having the right to fly int'l routes. Indian airlines let deregulation fill their heads with way too many fantasies of expansive networks and huge, new fleets. In the airline industry, the airlines that have achieved those things have done it through lots of work and lots of time. Kingfisher wanted to do it with neither of those things even with all the other wealth available. No one wants to buy it when it is losing as much money as it clearly is now. Kingfisher will likely go down like Braniff in the US.
Lumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8256 times:
Perhaps the failure of the Air Deccan IPO a while back was "the handwriting on the wall"? I remember raging debates on this forum and others concerning the sustainability of the Indian domestic market. I have a feeling that if IT crashes and burns, they'll have company in other markets where ambition and a large checkbook trumped market reality.
"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
Temph0 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 7393 times:
thanks for the insights. It seems every week there is another supplier getting into a public fight with Kingfisher (GECAS, Air India ground handling, Airport authority), and each time Kingfisher takes a very aggressive stance and blames the supplier for its woes. (does Kingfisher management have a reputation for being overly aggressive?)
The major solutions proposed right now involve the Indian government - allowing foreign carrier ownership, industry bailout. How fast do you believe the government might move to save Kingfisher and the other airlines? Given the massive bad press Jet got from trying to lay off 15-20% of its employees (and had to cancel the layoffs), is it realistic that the government would let Kingfisher liquidate and have many more forced layoffs?