DLF IPL announces Kingfisher Airlines as official airline

Bangalore, Apr 9 (UNI) The DLF Indian Premier League, starting here on April 18, today announced Kingfisher Airlines as its official airline.

The appointment of the airline partner was in addition to Kingfisher Airlines' earlier commitment to the IPL as the 'umpire partner'.

Kingfisher would extend its hospitality to all the teams of DLF IPL and BCCI officials. Also on offer would be dedicated check-in counters, VIP lounge access, an exclusive ground handling team at all airports and a special helpline number for all air travel queries, a company release here said.

DLF Indian Premier League Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi, in his message, said, ''cricketers and officials alike will now be able to enjoy the hospitality of the airline while flying across the country getting from one match to another.'' Kingfisher Airlines Chairman and CEO Vijay Mallya said, ''our multi-year agreement with the IPL is further testimony to our commitment to Indian sports. I am certain that all the players and officials of the league will undoubtedly enjoy our hospitality and fly the good times during the 44-days of intense competition.'' ''The DLF Indian Premier League is a highly innovative concept and the Twenty20 format will undoubtedly take cricket's popularity to a new high,'' he said.

Kingfisher had a long association with a variety of sports at both the domestic and international level including Tennis, Formula 1, Polo and now Cricket.


Story first published: Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 23:34 [IST]
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