Kingfisher mulling additional purchase of A380s

Kingfisher Airlines chief executive and chairman Vijay Mallya said the carrier is considering buying more Airbus A380 superjumbos. It is the only Indian carrier to have ordered the superjumbos and has five of these aircraft on order.

Mallya said that the first A380 would be delivered in 2010. He also said that the airline would start long-haul operations in 2008.

Kingfisher Airlines, run by the United Breweries Group, also has a 46 per cent stake in Air Deccan''s parent, Deccan Aviation. With Air Deccan eligible to start international operations from 2008 under current regulations, Mallya’s Kingfisher hopes to piggyback on this license and operate long-haul routes as well.

Mallya said the airline is going to concentrate on the India-US route and Kingfisher will use the A380s for these services. According to Mallya, seventy-five per cent of Indian passengers to the United States use foreign carriers, and he hoped to change this in a big way.

In this regard he also mentioned that Kingfisher would fly Bangalore- New York and Bangalore-San Francisco non-stop as part of its long-haul service.

He also said that Kingfisher would eventually get majority control of Air Deccan, either via successive stake purchases or through a merger.