Kingfisher Airlines posts record Q2 loss
Kingfisher, grounded for more than a month after a violent staff protest and concerns about safety, widened its quarterly loss from a year ago as a curtailed schedule meant sharply lower revenue.
The carrier controlled by liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, once India's second-largest by market share, has never turned a profit since its founding in 2005 and is saddled with roughly $2.5 billion in debt, according to one estimate.
The airline posted a record net loss of 7.54 billion Indian rupees ($139.46 million) for the September quarter, compared with a loss of 4.69 billion rupees a year earlier. Revenue declined 87 percent to 2 billion rupees from 15.5 billion rupees a year ago. The carrier said in a statement that it was preparing a comprehensive plan to re-start operations that would be shared with the airline regulator and bankers but did not say when it would be available.
Some analysts doubt Kingfisher will fly again and the company's failure to produce a concrete recovery plan on Thursday underlined concerns about its viability. Local media had reported that Kingfisher may present a rescue plan this week.
Creditors have set a Nov. 30 deadline for it to bring in fresh equity or an investor, the chairman of State Bank of India , its lead lender, told Reuters. He did not say