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Kingfisher and Deccan to Merge

For you India airline buff(s):  Kingfisher and Deccan will merge into a combined carrier called Kingfisher Airlines though, confusingly, short-haul A320 flights will be branded as Deccan while longer flights will be branded at Kingfisher (Deccan is modeled after Ryanair, whereas Kingfisher offers a premium product).  One major benefit of the merger is that the Indian government requires that an airline be flying for 5 years before it can fly overseas — Kingfisher has A380s on order and this acquisition will allow it to meet that requirement.

This is the 3rd airline merger in India this year, with Air Sahara & Jet Airways tying up while the government merged together Air India and Indian Airlines in August.

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