Kingfisher has formally become a member-elect of oneworld, has passed its alliance safety audit, and has received regulatory approval from the Indian government to join the alliance.
The airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding which set in motion the process for it to join oneworld back in February.
Kingfisher flies to 8 countries outside of India, but the prize is their vast network within India:
The 58 destinations across India that Kingfisher Airlines will add to the oneworld map include Agartala, Agatti, Agra, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bagdogra, Bhavnagar, Bhubaneswar, Bhuj, Calicut, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dharamsala, Goa, Guwahati, Hubli, Imphal, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kandla, Khajuraho, Kochi, Kolhapur, Kolkata, Kullu, Latur, Leh, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Salem, Sholapur, Silchar, Simla, Srinagar, Tirupati, Trichy, Trivandrum, Tuticorin, Udaipur, Varanasi, Vijayawada, and Vishakapatnam.
I’d guess that the airline formally becomes a member end of 2011, beginning 2012 at the latest. Surely they won’t have the same delays in joining an alliance that have plagued Air India.