Unfortunately, Kingfisher Airlines suspended their operations in 2012.
Kingfisher Airlines, established in 2003 and starting operations in 2005, aimed to provide a premium and luxurious travel experience with its distinctive red color scheme and "Fly the Good Times" tagline. Despite initially positioning itself as a premium carrier in India with modern aircraft, the airline encountered financial challenges and operational issues. In 2012, due to mounting debts, unpaid salaries, and the suspension of its license by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Kingfisher Airlines ceased operations, officially shutting down and grounding its aircraft.
Kingfisher First was the premium class, designed for a more luxurious travel experience. Passengers enjoyed spacious and comfortable seating with plenty of legroom. The cabin offered personalized service, gourmet dining, and a selection of premium beverages. Access to airport lounges and exclusive services added to the overall appeal.
Kingfisher Class, was the economy class option, focused on delivering a comfortable and efficient travel experience. Passengers in Kingfisher Class enjoyed access to in-flight entertainment, along with meals and beverages during their journey. The class aimed to have a balance between affordability and providing reasonable comfort for travellers.
Kingfisher Airlines aimed to provided a pleasant in-flight entertainment experience for its passengers. They were the first Indian airline to equip an in-flight entertainment system, with individual seatback screens for passengers to enjoy a variety of options, such as TV shows, music channels and in some cases interactive games. If you were a passenger in Kingfisher First, the premium class, you may have had an enhanced selection of entertainment options, including a more extensive library of movies, TV shows, and more. The specific details of the in-flight entertainment vary based on the aircraft type, route, and the duration of the flight.
Kingfisher Airlines offered their "King Club" frequent flyer program, which enabled passengers to earn miles or points for every flight with Kingfisher or their partner airlines. These miles could later be redeemed for perks. The program had Red, Silver, Gold, and Platinum membership levels, with Platinum, Gold, and Silver members enjoying additional privileges, including access to airport lounges.
At the time of its closure, Kingfisher Airlines served 25 domestic destinations. Over the years, the airline expanded its reach to include numerous domestic and international destinations, such as London, Singapore, and Dubai.
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (IATA: BOM), commonly known as Mumbai International Airport, serves Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). It was a key hub for Kingfisher Airlines. The airport manages significant passenger traffic, both domestic and international, making it the second busiest airport in India after Delhi.
For their short-haul domestic flights, Kingfisher Airlines mostly operated the ATR 42, ATR 72 and Airbus A320, whilst when flying more long-haul international routes, they would use the Airbus A330-200s.