Kingfisher Airlines flew into Heathrow today to begin daily direct services between Bangalore and London.

The international service is the Indian carrier’s first, having launched as a domestic airline in 2005. Kingfisher is based at Bangalore and is part of the UB Group which includes the beer and spirits group that produces the beer of the same name.

Airline chairman and chief executive Vijay Mallya describes Kingfisher as “Harrods in the sky”. He said: “We focus on delivering a first-class experience at a business class fare and economy at a premium-class fare.”

The carrier will offer 30 first-class, flat-bed seats and 187 in what it calls Kingfisher Class. Services include live TV. Kingfisher flights will depart from Terminal 4.

British Airways is the only other carrier to fly direct from London to Bangalore.