With India’s Kingfisher due to join Oneworld this year, the airline no longer requires ultra-long haul aircraft anymore.
That’s the report coming out of India, suggesting that the airline’s chief executive, Sanjay Aggarwal, is reviewing the purchase plans of A380s and A350s. “We have not started any negotiations with Airbus now”, Aggarwal is quoted as saying. But this is far from a done deal. If Airbus has demonstrated one thing in recent years, it is that it can manage to hang on to A380 orders even when there are rumblings of cancellations.
What is more, with sales activity starting to pick up in the ultra-large aircraft segment (something Airbus and Boeing seem to agree on), it could be relatively easy for Toulouse to defer the Kingfisher order and fill the production slot with another buyer.
Kingfisher has five A350s and five A380s on order. The majority of the airline’s current fleet is made up of A320s and ATR 72-500s.