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About Kingfisher Airways

Kingfisher Airways is an India-based airliner with both domestic and international airliner. Dr. Vijay Mallya is the Chairman and Managing Director of the company. Sanjay Agarwal is the CEO of the company.


Kingfisher Airways launched its operations in May 2005. It is the first Indian airliner to launch with all new airplanes. Further, it is the first Indian airliner to order the Airbus A380.

In January 07, the airliner launched direct flights between Bangalore and Tiruchirapally and later between Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram. During the month, Kingfisher Airlines bagged the 2006 Avaya Global Connect Award for Customer Responsiveness. The airliner inaugurated a 'State of the Art' City Ticketing Office in Kolkata.

In February 07, the airliner re-engineered Guest Processing Functions with Multi-Million Dollar Deal with Sabre Airline Solutions.

In March 07, Kingfisher became the first Indian airliner to offer a premium first class service on domestic routes with the launch of its direct flights to Agatti from Kochi and stop-over flights from most major cities in India. This makes it the only private airline from India to launch a service to this destination.

Celebrating its second anniversary in May 2007, the company brought Airbus A380 on its maiden visit to India.

In October 2008, Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways are reported to have broached a possible alliance to overcome their problems, largely generated by mounting fuel bills in wake of the global financial crisis. However, the next day, Mallya and Naresh Goyal quashed them as rumors.

Kingfisher Airways reduced its morning flights from Mumbai on Thursday, November 27, 2008 in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks.

In January 09, Kingfisher teamed up with Hilton HHonors - the guest rewards program for the more than 3,000 Hilton Family Hotels worldwide.

In February 09, Kingfisher announced cut in its pilots salaries by Rs. 80,000. During the month flights between Solapur and Mumbai are announced.

On September 15, 2009, a Kingfisher Airlines Mumbai to Bangalore flight made an emergency landing at Mumbai Airport soon after take-off after its landing gear malfunctioned. Guinness heiress Clare Irby, accused of indulging in a sex act on a Bangalore-London flight, has been cleared of being drunk on board the Kingfisher Airlines aircraft.

In November 09, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued guidelines to all airlines following the skidding of the Kingfisher aircraft in Mumbai.

In May 2010, a Lucknow-bound Kingfisher Airlines flight had to be grounded following a bomb scare.

On May 18, 2012 the Government said that Kingfisher owed Rs. 269 crore to the income Tax department. The Government says that Penalty and Prosecution proceedings have been initiated against the company.

Kingfisher Airlines financial crisis

As of September 2012, Kingfisher Airlines is going through some financial troubles. The Airlines owes more than Rs. 7000 crore in bank loans from 17 banks. State Bank of India has the maximum exposure at Rs. 1400 crore.

Employees Strike

The Airlines staff and engineers joined a strike on October 1, 2012. Kingfisher Airlines has announced a partial lockout effective immediately on October 2, 2012.

Main Article: 2012 Kingfisher Airlines Employees Strike

DGCA issues show-cause notice

The DGCA has issued a show-cause notice to Kingfisher Airlines on 5 October 2012 seeking an explanation on why it should not suspend or cancel the permit of Kingfisher Airlines. The DGCA said that the notice has been issued under Section 15(2)(b) of Schedule XI of the Aircraft Rules of 1937.

Etihad Airways

The Gulf Carrier Etihad Airways is likely to buy a 48 per cent stake in the Kingfisher Airlines. The stake will be bought for a little over Rs. 3000 crore. Sources say a formal announcement on the same could be made on December 18, 2012.

Kingfisher airlines, on December 11, 2012 denied making any deal with Etihad Airway. They however said that they are in discussions with several investors for equity partnership in the Airlines.

Union Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh said that DGCA had not received any revival plan from the Kingfisher Airlines. The DGCA needs to be satisfied that the Kingfisher Airlines has enough financial strength before resuming its operations. The license of Kingfisher Airlines will expire on December 31.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has refused to give permission to Kingfisher's plans to restart operations. AAI has told Kingfisher to pay up the dues of Rs. 300 crore before they can consider giving its nod to resume operations. AAI has conveyed the same to DGCA who sought its views. Dec 28, 2012

Financial Numbers

As of 11 December 2012, Kingfisher Airlines has a market capitalisation of Rs 1,267.23 crore. The airline owes Rs 190 crore in service tax dues. It has a 10,000 crore in accumulated losses and owes Rs 7000 crore to 17 banks.

Kingfisher Airlines in News

Vijay Mallya offers 3 kgs of gold to Tirumala temple
Vijay Mallya celebrates his 57th birthday at TTD guest house

Kingfisher airlines cancels 15 flights
11 flights from to and from Delhi and 4 to and from Mumbai were cancelled

Competition Commission laws will apply to all, says Moily
Corporate Affairs Minister, Veerappa Moily, on Monday said that no sector, including civil aviation would be exempted from the laws formulated by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).

Air India crisis: 'Adequate steps taken by aviation ministry, says Praful Patel
Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel has refused to comment on the Air India pilots' strike, saying that adequate steps were being taken by the aviation ministry to end the impasse.

Kingfisher pilots call off strike
Pilots of the loss-making carrier Kingfisher Airlines have called off their one-day old strike after being assured that their pending salaries for January shall be paid by May 15.

Vijay Mallya says payment of Kingfisher pilots' salaries has begun
Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya on Friday said that he had written to his employees, including pilots', and assured them that their long-overdue salaries would be disbursed from Friday.

Kingfisher to stop international flights, will operate with 15-16 flights
Kingfisher Airlines is expected scale down operations with only 15-16 planes to be kept operational.

Court issues NBW against Vijay Mallya in a cheque bounce case
Court issues non-bailable warrant in cheque bounce case

Kingfisher Airlines hopes to resume operations in four or five days
DGCA files its status report on Kingfisher Airlines asking it to declare its future strategy

Kingfisher Airlines cancels about 20 flights on employee unrest
Kingfisher staff demands payment of outstanding salaries by October 5, 2012

Kingfisher Airlines cancels some flights as pilots go on strike
A section of pilots of Kingfisher airlines go on strike forcing the airlines to cancel some flights

Kingfisher pilots go on strike; Air India cancels long haul international flights
Delhi-based pilots of private carrier Kingfisher Airlines have reportedly refused to fly over alleged non-payment of outstanding dues, and it is expected that the airline's pilots based in Mumbai will join the protest later this evening.

Kingfisher staff likely to defer strike threat after Mallya assures salary payment
Employees of Kingfisher Airlines are likely to defer their strike after reaching an agreement with the management over the payment of salaries and other dues.

Kingfisher will operate 120 daily flights, 20 dedicated planes, no lay-offs
Cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines on Tuesday said that there would be no lay-off of employees, and added that it would operate 120 flights daily with the help of 20 dedicated planes during the summer schedule.

Government may cancel Kingfisher Airlines' license, hints Aviation Minister Ajit Singh
Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday said the government might cancel Kingfisher Airlines' license if safety norms and financial viability conditions were not met.

Mallya says efforts on to put Kingfisher flights back on track
Kingfisher Airlines chief Vijay Mallya on Tuesday said that efforts are underway to ensure smooth operations of its flights which have seen a high level of cancellations in the past few days.

Kingfisher cancels 40 flights as pilots strike work
Private carrier Kingfisher Airlines on Monday cancelled 40 flights after pilots failed to report to work.

Income tax officials ask Kingfisher to pay outstanding dues within 8 months
Private carrier Kingfisher Airlines has been asked to pay the balance of its outstanding tax dues within the next eight months after being told to pay an upfront amount of Rs.35 to Rs.40 crores.

Kingfisher staff urge Royal Challengers Bangalore to boycott IPL
Staff members of Kingfisher Airlines have reportedly appealed to players turning out for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise-Royal Challengers Bangalore - not to fly on Kingfisher flights till their salary dues and other demands are cleared by the airline's management.

TERI University Celebrates its first ever MBA Fest - Transcendence 2011
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Manmohan Singh will explore ways of getting Kingfisher Airlines get out of crisis
The Central government will "find ways and means" to help revive the Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said today.

Kingfisher crisis: 'No bailout package pending before Central government'
Union Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi today said that no bailout package is pending before the government nor has been proposed by his ministry for the Kingfisher Airlines.

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Kingfisher will find it difficult to continue "loss making" routes, says Vijay Mallya
Clarifying that Kingfisher Red wouldn't fly on loss-making airlines, Kingfisher Airlines' Chairman and promoter, Vijay Mallya on Tuesday said that the cancellation of flights in the past one week was a commercially prudent decision and the Airlines would put things in perspective and provide the facts about the private carrier.

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