art
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Deccan. Kingfisher Shortcut To International Ops?

Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:37 pm

"Deccan has struggled this year, and sold a 26% stake to Mr Mallya's UB group in June, which was raised to 46% in October.

"The merger will bring about synergies across the board and lower the cost of operating both airlines," Deccan founder GR Gopinath said.

Next August will mark five years of Deccan operating, which means that under Indian law, it can then fly lucrative overseas routes.

Kingfisher will also gain this privilege as part of the merger."

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7153407.stm

These are two very different types of airline, aren't they - Deccan being described as an LCC. Does Kingfisher really want Deccan or is the attraction that Deccan will soon have the right to operate internationally?

Am I right in thinking that Kingfisher has some widebodies arriving in 2008? If I am, what else could they be used for except international flights? Kingfisher has no option but to take a controlling interest in Deccan, surely?
 
LHRBlueSkies
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RE: Deccan. Kingfisher Shortcut To International Ops?

Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:14 pm

the rules preventing an airline from operating international flights for 5 years is nothing but restrictive and ridiculous.

I hope Kingfisher get to use their 380's etc on longhaul products, and not just domestic buses...

and yes, buying Deccan was a way around the 5 year rule..
flying is the safest form of transport - until humans get involved!
 
tak
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RE: Deccan. Kingfisher Shortcut To International Ops?

Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:32 pm

Supposedly Kingfisher will fly to JFK as well starting in August of 2008. Heard it from my Cousin who is a stewerdess for Kingfisher and also just saw this link:

http://sify.com/finance/fullstory.php?id=14569326

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener...es%20On%20JFK%20For%20NY%20Flights

Should be interesting. I wonder what planes they will fly to JFK, I think they will start to get some A340-500s starting in 2008 but perhaps someone else knows the schedules for delivery better,

CIao