Kingfisher Airlines signed an order for five A340-500s with options for five more. The Rolls-Royce Trent 500-powered aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2008. Kingfisher currently operates eight A320s and four A319s and has placed firm orders for five each of the A380, A330 and A350. Vijay Mallya, chairman of Kingfisher parent UB Group, said the new aircraft will allow the Indian airline to launch direct flights to the US for the first time.

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