Troubled carrier to be first from India to join any alliance
British Airways has just finished a review of the processes and procedures at the troubled Indian airline Kingfisher and says it will now sponsor its membership of the oneworld alliance. This will make it the first carrier from the Indian subcontinent to join any airline alliance, and it will add 40 destinations in this important emerging market to the oneworld network – the motivating factor behind BA’s sponsorship. It expands on a codeshare agreement already existing between the two airlines.
The announcement coincides with the cash-strapped Indian airline grounding a further 15 aircraft on Monday, as it is unable to meet the planes’ maintenance and overhaul costs.
Next to join the oneworld alliance in 2012 are airberlin and then Malaysia Airlines.
[pictured: Kingfisher first-class flat-bed seats; courtesy oneworld]