India's Kingfisher Airlines will buy five more super jumbo A380s in addition to the five it has already ordered as it seeks to start international operations this year, a report said on Monday.
"Now that I have secured all the necessary clearances, I am planning to convert the options to confirmed orders," Vijay Mallya, the chief executive officer of Kingfisher, was quoted as saying by the Mint business daily.
The Indian government said this month Kingfisher would be permitted to fly overseas later this year. "We will be operating all non-stop flights to international destinations," Mallya told the newspaper.
Kingfisher, the only Indian customer for the A380, could not immediately be reached for comment. Under India's civil aviation rules, only airlines, which have flown for at least five years, can fly international routes. Kingfisher will complete five years in 2010.
But the airline can start flying foreign routes after its parent UB Group acquired a controlling stake in another carrier Deccan, which completes five years in the air in August 2008. The two carriers have announced plans for a merger this year. Kingfisher expects deliveries of the five A380s it had previously ordered to start in 2011-12.