Kingfisher Airlines is proudly displaying one of its first new A330-200s at the 2008 Farnborough Airshow as this Indian-based airline prepares to inaugurate widebody service on international long-haul routes.
The aircraft on static display was delivered last Friday to Kingfisher Airlines in Toulouse, France, and immediately was flown to England for its starring role at the Farnborough event. Later this summer, Kingfisher Airlines will start A330 service from India to the U.K. and other international destinations.
Configured in a two-class cabin layout for business-plus and economy seating, the A330-200 has a total capacity of 217 passengers. Mood lighting is installed throughout the aircraft, along with pinpoint lights in the ceiling to create the effect of a starry sky at night.
In business class (designated “Kingfisher First” in the airline’s own nomenclature), the 30 highly comfortable seats convert into lie-flat beds and incorporate a massager system. The in-flight entertainment is state-of-the-art, with a 17-inch screen and a total of 357 hours of programming on 36 channels.
The A330-200’s main cabin is configured for 187 passengers in the Kingfisher Class arrangement, with generous leg room, foot rests and a 10.6-inch screen for the in-flight entertainment system.
Kingfisher Airlines is a major Airbus customer, currently operating single-aisle A319s, A320s and A321s. In addition to the new A330-200s that soon will begin scheduled service, it also has ordered widebody A340-500s, A350-800s and A380s for future deliveries.