Kingfisher Airlines and Deccan Aviation boards have decided to merge the companies, according to widespread press reports from India, paving the way for Kingfisher to gain clearance to operate internationally next year (ATWOnline, Oct. 15). Kingfisher parent UB Group holds 46% of Deccan and recently renamed its low-cost airline Simplifly Deccan, repainting its aircraft in red-and-white Kingfisher livery. The two brands will remain after the merger, with Kingfisher the full-service carrier. ...

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