Kingfisher first CAT III pvt airline

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya-promoted Kingfisher Airlines has become the first private airline in the country to get Category (CAT) III certification from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

This means aircraft and pilots of Kingfisher Airlines are certified to operate under lower visibility conditions due to fog or other poor weather conditions.

At present, national flag carriers Air-India and Indian Airlines are the only CAT III airlines.

“This shows our commitment to this civil aviation industry. Our pilots and aircraft are now equipped to operate under any weather conditions. Our passengers will not be affected by fog,” said Mallya. The number of CAT III-compliant pilots in India has gone up from 148 in 2005 to 326 in 2006 and the number of CAT II-trained pilots has gone risen from 661 in 2005 to 794 in December 2006.

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