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(Monsters and Critics)   Billionaire beer baron not allowed to advertise alcohol, so he bought an airline and named it for the brand   ( divider line
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31429 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Apr 2006 at 11:22 PM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-04-04 03:02:35 PM  
Rex Banner's not going to be pleased.
2006-04-04 03:04:46 PM  
Drew bought an Airline?

"Its not airtravel, Its AirFark"
2006-04-04 09:56:13 PM  
This guy is brilliant, I've been following him for a little while. Talk about a mind for business.
2006-04-04 11:27:43 PM  
Virgin Beer airlines?

/"Everyone's thirst has a first time!"
2006-04-04 11:28:43 PM  
I don't see as much of a hero when the person getting around the system is a billionaire. It does kind of open up your options a tiny bit. That said, it was a beautiful maneuver for sure.
2006-04-04 11:31:44 PM  
I'll get you beer baron

no you won't

yes, I will

2006-04-04 11:32:53 PM  
Kingfisher the airline, ha.

Kingfisher the beer, meh.
2006-04-04 11:33:05 PM  
Yes, but only by night, by day I am a mild mannered reporter from a major metropolitan newspaper.
2006-04-04 11:33:15 PM  
Come, spend a weekend on the lake with...

I-Sell-Weed Boat Tours

Call me KL5-1212
2006-04-04 11:33:33 PM  
Well, I've seen Kingfisher advertising before, but mainly centered around liquor shops.

But he really didn't buy an [already existing] airline. He built it. And it's quite fantastic actually - low prices and good service.

And from what I hear, companies in Norway do something similar. The advertise bottled water with the same name as their beers. Even Kingfisher has bottled water, though I don't see it very much.

I'm surprised it's not done in the usa.
2006-04-04 11:35:33 PM  
2006-04-04 11:37:45 PM  
2006-04-04 11:39:12 PM  
Selling a lifestyle, eh?

Seems like that's been done once or twice before.
2006-04-04 11:41:11 PM  
Queue: I'm surprised it's not done in the usa.

It is. Budweiser and Miller Lite all have their bottled water in glass bottles. I dunno when they're going to release their beer.

2006-04-04 11:41:44 PM  
Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 5, 4, 3....

/didn't RTFA
//couldn't be farked.
2006-04-04 11:42:53 PM  
2006-04-04 11:42:54 PM  
'We have broken the shackles of conservative socialism,' said Mallya. 'The growing middle classes want the kind of standard of living you enjoy in the West. So what I`m selling is a lifestyle.'

Give this man a medal.
2006-04-04 11:42:57 PM  
Somebody get the catapult.
2006-04-04 11:45:24 PM  
As long as it's not Guiness, I still never got my bar towel and Id hate to see what they did with my luggage.
2006-04-04 11:46:06 PM  
[followup]Billionare beer baron steals American Airlines slogan:
2006-04-04 11:49:32 PM
2006-04-04 11:50:29 PM  
Next will be Kingfisher Beef "Not as holy as you think"
2006-04-04 11:53:33 PM  
Anything about beer is good
2006-04-04 11:58:46 PM  
Fly teh beery skies!

/where do I sign up...
2006-04-04 11:59:49 PM  
To quote the Guiness commercials: BRILLIANT!
2006-04-04 11:59:55 PM  
When it said the guy inherited United Breweries, I was extremely impressed for a moment...
2006-04-05 12:03:24 AM  
Kind of convenient that a kingfisher is a sort of bird. It makes sence to name an airline after one. Beer is named after anything, but I don't know many others that would make good airline names. Maybe "Fat Tire" would work.
2006-04-05 12:03:43 AM  

(Applause for the billionare buisnessman)
2006-04-05 12:08:38 AM  
This is pure genius. I love readin the feedback letters though:

"The channel with great Indian comedy show is a masterstroke! (ok thats just gross)

What can be a better stress buster than a 1st class laughter hangama? (uh WTF is a hangama?? Dali Lama comedy?)

That the snacks were just right for the time of the day (thats just funny someone should notice these two are connected. Snacks and time of day)

the air hostesses were pretty (uh this is a service on his airline?)

& very efficient is understood. (maybe not so much)

There was quite a lot of positive energy, needed so much on weekend evening journey. (At last a reasonable comment.)
2006-04-05 12:22:26 AM  
I have been on Kingfisher Airlines and the service is about as good as you are gonna get on any airline in any class anywhere.
The beer is pretty good too.
//Lived in India for a looong time.
2006-04-05 12:47:45 AM  
Spuddy345: Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 5, 4, 3....

/didn't RTFA
//couldn't be farked.

He inherited a 28 million dollar business and is now worth over 2 billion. He created basically overnight one of the fastest growing airline companies in the world.

Keep counting.

--Gizmo, beer rocks
/did rtfa :)
2006-04-05 12:59:51 AM  
CrimemasterGOGO!! HAHAHAHA...great character...
2006-04-05 01:20:56 AM  
Ayn Rand would be so proud.
2006-04-05 01:38:46 AM  
This guy deserves a medal.
2006-04-05 02:04:00 AM  
In Russia its illegal for vodka brands to advertise on TV or in print. They get around this by advertising bottled water, the trick being that there is little difference between the word for vodka and the word for water, "voda". Plus both are clear liquids. But you already knew that
2006-04-05 02:43:07 AM

too bad hooters air is going out of business, this could have been mile high fun to the max.
2006-04-05 02:47:25 AM  
Are there going to be any snakes on the planes?
2006-04-05 03:00:34 AM  
Was there a lot of competition for that "Best New Airline of the Year" award?
2006-04-05 03:05:39 AM  
Rolf Wallner is mad at you now, you better watch out!

/for snakes
2006-04-05 03:54:59 AM  
kingfisher gives me a headache. i wonder if it's made with water from the Ganges?
2006-04-05 04:37:18 AM

unavailable for comment
2006-04-05 04:39:40 AM

"This isn't a very happy birthday."
2006-04-05 07:23:22 AM  
Just another man trying to be Homer Simpson. When will people learn that no single man could ever be so great?
2006-04-05 07:37:13 AM  
All will tremble before me.
2006-04-05 08:05:36 AM  
United Breweries, eh? Why didn't he just name it "United Airlines?"

Oh, wait...
2006-04-05 08:17:20 AM  
Uh... this is news? Kingfisher Air has been established for a decent amount of time. Doing quite well.
Its an effect way of advertising when your country doesn't allow you to advertise alcohol. I give them credit. Either way tho, news this is not. Sorry.
2006-04-05 08:58:35 AM  
I flew it back in January. Nice aircraft.
Drank alot of the beer too. Not bad at all.
And the hostesses on the flights wear these nice red short skirts, which aint bad either.
2006-04-05 08:59:09 AM  
Selling a lifestyle, eh?

why not, Jimmy Buffett has been doing that for years
2006-04-05 10:06:30 AM  
According to The Zany Report on the Bob and Tom show Hooters Air will be selling its assets to Aer Lingus.
2006-04-05 10:29:03 AM  
"Listen, rummy, I'm gonna say it plain and simple. Where'd you pinch the hooch? Is some blind tiger jerking suds on the side?"

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