British Airways is to welcome leading Indian airline Kingfisher in to one world in February 2012, as part of its plans to strengthen its Asian network.
British Airways is sponsoring Kingfisher’s membership of Oneworld, and has just completed a thorough review of Kingfisher’s processes and procedures. Kingfisher will be the first airline from the Indian subcontinent to join an airline alliance.
British Airways has a long and vibrant history of flying to and from India, and last year began code sharing with Kingfisher on routes around the continent. Joining Oneworld will significantly strengthen the carrier’s network both in its home market and around the world.
The entry of Kingfisher will also add 40 Indian destinations to the Oneworld network, and will make one of the world’s most important emerging markets easier to reach than ever before. Kingfisher’s Indian destinations will be available through Oneworld’s full and extensive range of alliance fares and sales products.
British Airways Executive Club and Kingfisher King Club members are already benefiting from sharing miles and tier points between airlines, while Kingfisher’s accession in February will give its Sapphire and Emerald-level King Club members access to over 550 Oneworld lounges around the world.