Indian domestic carrier Kingfisher Airlines is hoping to become part of the oneworld alliance after taking its first step towards membership.
The country’s only five-star airline has signed a memorandum of understanding to begin the membership process, which usually takes around 18 months to complete.
With this in mind, Kingfisher hopes to be flying as part of the oneworld alliance at some point in 2011.
Vijay Mallya, the carrier’s chairman and chief executive, said he is proud to see Kingfisher preparing to join "the world’s leading quality global airline alliance".
"Becoming part of oneworld would be one of our most significant steps so far – and is right in line with our vision to become one of the world’s top airlines," he commented.
Mr Mallya went on to say that passengers will benefit from a "truly global network" operated by the airline’s future partners.
The oneworld alliance is a collaboration between 11 of the world’s leading airlines, with its goal being to improve passengers’ experiences.