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Mumbai, March 7

KINGFISHER Airlines on Monday announced that it has inked a deal with Tata Motors for buying a fleet of customised designer coaches to meet its ground transportation needs.

These coaches are part of the range that was launched by Tata Motors on Monday.

According to an official statement, the coaches are being customised to meet Kingfisher Airlines' standards of guest convenience. The coaches will be used to ferry guests to the aircraft and back. They have been designed with a view to extending the `Kingfisher Class' experience even on to the ground.

The current order is for 10 coaches.

According to the statement, which quotes Mr Alex Wilcox, President and Chief Operating Officer, "The on-ground experience is as important as the in-flight experience. By going in for a specially customised fleet, we hope to extend the same comfort and experience on-ground and in-air. This purchase forms an important part of our ground infrastructure and takes us one step closer to the airline's launch."

The features of the fleet of coaches include low doorsills for ease of entry and exit with hand baggage, powerful air conditioning, modern audio systems and low emissions.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 8, 2005)
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