Bangalore: Kingfisher Airlines Monday became a member elect of oneworld after completing a formal membership agreement with the world’s premier airline alliance.
The contract was signed by the Kingfisher Airlines chairman and chief executive Vijay Mallya and his counterparts from all 12 of oneworld existing partners and members elect, it said in a statement.
The agreement follows a memorandum of understanding reached between Kingfisher Airlines and oneworld, announced in late February, setting out a framework for membership discussions.
The next step in building links between oneworld and Kingfisher Airlines takes place next month, with the opening of the new international passenger terminal at New Delhi, when all the alliance’s six carriers serving the Indian capital will share Kingfisher Airlines’ new premium passenger lounge there.
Meanwhile, individual members of oneworld have started developing bilateral cooperation with Kingfisher Airlines. British Airways today announced it had reached agreement to code-share with its new Indian partner.
The BA prefix will be added to flights by its Indian airline to various points across the Indian sub-continent, with Kingfisher Airlines’ IT designator placed on services operated by the UK carrier to key cities in Europe from later this month, the statement added.