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Tigerair signs MOU for 37 Airbus A320neo aircraft + 13 options

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Tigerair (Singapore) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of up to 50 A320neo aircraft for future fleet renewal and growth. The deal covers 37 firm orders plus 13 options. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100 engines and will be operated by the airline across its Asia-Pacific route network.

Tigerair, established in 2004 as Tiger Airways, comprises three airlines – Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Mandala (Indonesia) and Tigerair Australia. Collectively, the Group’s network extends to over 50 destinations across 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Group currently operates an all-Airbus fleet of 48 A320-family aircraft, averaging less than three years of age.
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Virgin Australia moves one step closer to acquiring 60% of Tiger Airways Australia

Virgin Australia Holdings Limited (Virgin Australia Airlines) (Brisbane) today (May 28) welcomed confirmation from the Foreign Investment Review Board that it has no objections to the proposed acquisition of 60 percent of the existing shares in Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd (Tiger Australia) (Melbourne).

This confirmation satisfies another condition for the proposed acquisition of Tiger Australia, which will enable Virgin Australia to access the budget market segment and expedite the growth of Tiger Australia.

The proposed transaction still remains subject to certain conditions and Virgin Australia expects the transaction to be completed by mid-July.

Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Virgin Australia’s brand new Boeing 737-8FE WL VH-YFF (msn 40994) and crew pass through Honolulu on delivery.

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Tiger Airways (Australia): AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Peter Gates/ Tiger Airways’ Airbus A320-232 VH-VNH (msn 3734) stops at Brisbane.

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Sydney Morning Herald: Interview with Tiger Airways Australia’s new CEO Rob Sharp

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) intends to expand its fleet from 11 aircraft to 23 in five years. The expanding airline will be battling Jetstar Airways for market share in the budget travel segment. Rob Sharp is the new CEO, the fifth CEO in five years.

Read the full interview: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Airbus A320-232 VH-VND (msn 3206) taxies past the camera at Sydney.

Tiger Airways (Australia): AG Slide Show

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Virgin Australia makes three bold moves

Virgin Australia Holdings Limited (Virgin Australia Airlines) (Brisbane) is making three bold moves. The company issued the following statement:

Virgin Australia Holdings Limited today announced three transactions designed to accelerate the growth of the business, diversify its earnings and increase competition in Australia.

The transactions include:

  • making a placement of shares to Singapore Airlines (Singapore), which will see Singapore Airlines owning a 10% interest in Virgin Australia Holdings;
  • entering a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire 60% of the existing shares in Tiger Airways Australia (Melbourne) from Tiger Airways; and
  • entering an in-principle agreement with Skywest Airlines (Perth) to acquire 100% of its business.

Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti said: “The transactions announced today are in line with Virgin Australia’s strategy to become the airline of choice in all markets, in order to diversify our earnings and drive growth opportunities for the business.

“The acquisition of Tiger Australia and Skywest provides Virgin Australia with a strong presence in the budget, Fly-in Fly-Out (FIFO) and regional markets, enabling us to fast-track our expansion in these areas and become a stronger competitor”, Mr Borghetti said.

“These transactions will bring important benefits to Australia, driving growth in jobs, tourism and competition”, Mr Borghetti said.

If approved, following the completion of the transactions, the Virgin Australia Group will expand to 139 aircraft and over 9,000 employees .

Virgin Australia will keep the market updated regarding progress on these transactions.

Meanwhile partner Singapore Airlines (Singapore) has ordered 20 Airbus A350-900s and five A380s and will assign its 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to subsidiary Scoot (Singapore).

Top Copyright Photo: Lloyd Fox. If approved, Skywest Airlines (Perth) will become a 100% subsidiary of Virgin Australia. The regional carrier is already operating ATR 72-500s for Virgin Australia in their livery. The Skywest brand used for other Western Australia routes is now likely to disappear.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan. Since Singapore Airlines and its Tiger Airways (Australia) subsidiary are now partners with Virgin Australia, it is unclear if Tiger Airways (Australia), a competitor of Virgin Australia, will continue to use the the Tiger Airways brand in Australia or operate now under the Virgin Australia name. Airbus A320-232 VH-VNO (msn 4053) climbs away from Sydney.

Tiger Airways makes a comeback in Australia

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) is making a comeback after its grounding under the direction of CEO Andrew David. The group continues to lose money but it is working towards returning to profitability.

The Australian details the comeback.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan. Airbus A320-232 VH-VNP (msn 2952) departs from the new Sydney base.

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Tiger Airways Australia will create a second base in Sydney

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has announced it will create a second base in Sydney bringing 150 new jobs to the airport. The low-fare airline will base three Airbus A320s at SYD by July and will add additional routes.

Read the full story from Sky News: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Peter Gates.

Tiger Airways (Australia) Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Tiger Airways Australia will not reduce in size

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has reversed its decision to reduce the fleet from 10 to 8 Airbus aircraft. The low-fare airline has appointed a new CEO (Andrew David) and is planning to have 10 A320s operational by June. It is committed to the Australian market.

Read an interview with CEO Andrew David in the Sydney Morning Herald: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Tiger Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Current Tiger Airways Route Map: The Australia route structure (black lines) has been greatly reduced since the grounding last year (click on the map to make larger):

Tiger Airways Australia to resume limited operations on August 12

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) will resume limited operations on Friday (August 12).

The company issued the following statement today:

“The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) has today discontinued its application in the Federal Court of Australia for an extension of the period of suspension of Tiger Airways Australia’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). This action re-instates Tiger Airways Australia’s AOC.
Tiger Airways Australia has worked constructively with CASA to address the concerns that were raised, which has now enabled the AOC to be re-instated. CASA has imposed certain conditions on the AOC, including an initial limitation of 18 sectors per day in August 2011. Sector production after August 2011 will be subject to CASA approval. Tiger Airways Australia is committed to complying with these conditions.

As a consequence, Tiger Airways Australia will recommence ticket sales and will implement a gradual resumption of domestic services from Friday August 12, 2011.

The airline is resuming services with a simplified flight program in order to focus on flying popular and profitable routes. Flights will initially resume between Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) and Sydney for travel from Friday August 12, 2011. As part of its simplified flying program, Tiger Airways Australia will reduce its operating fleet from 10 Airbus A320 aircraft to eight Airbus A320 aircraft. Consequently, two Airbus A320 aircraft will be redeployed to the Company’s other airline businesses.

The new flight schedule will initially consolidate the business into a single crew base operating from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine). Tiger Airways Australia has today confirmed the imminent closure of its Adelaide Airport crew base and the temporary suspension of its Avalon (Melbourne) Airport crew base. All Tiger Airways Australia staff currently working from the Adelaide and Avalon crew bases will be offered redeployment to the Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) operation.”

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Tiger Airways posts its first quarterly loss since going public

Tiger Airways (Singapore) reported its first quarterly loss since the airline went public in January 2010.

For the fiscal first quarter ending on June 30, the group which operates two carriers (Tiger Airways Singapore and Tiger Airways Australia) posted a net loss of $17 million.

Read the full report from The China Post: CLICK HERE

In other news, Tiger Airways (Australia) remains grounded until at least August 11.

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Tiger Airways Australia hopes to resume operations on August 6

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) is planning to restore scheduled services on August 6. CASA is expected to restore the company’s AOC next Monday according to this report by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Tiger Airways to remain grounded until the end of July

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) remains grounded in Australia due to safety issues. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) intends to keep the airline grounded until the end of July while staff is retrained and safety concerns are addressed. Meanwhile Tiger Airways management remains committed to serving Australia and will strive to relaunch operations as soon as possible.

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In addition, the same Australian pilot was involved in the two incidents that lead to the grounding of the airline.

Read the full story from the Herald Sun: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for background information on the airline.

CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia for a week

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has been grounded for a week due to safety concerns by the CASA.

Read the full story from The Sydney Morning Herald: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

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Tiger Airways Australia cancels flights, receives safety warning

Tiger Airways (Australia) (Melbourne) has been forced to cancel some flights after receiving a “Show Cause” warning from CASA.

Read the full story from IBTraveler: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Tiger Airways’ fiscal third quarter profit soars

Tiger Airways Holdings Limited (Singapore) announced its results for the quarter ended 31 December 2010, the third quarter of the FY2010/11 financial year.

Profit before tax for the quarter ended 31 December 2010 was $30.2 million (all amounts are in Singapore $), an 85.3% increase over the $16.3 million profit recorded for the same quarter in the prior year. The Group recorded an 18% profit before tax margin for the quarter.

Revenue growth of 22.2% from $139.5 million to $170.4 million was ahead of both passenger and seat capacity growth of 13.4% and 13.0% respectively. Cost per Available Seat Kilometre (CASK) excluding fuel and foreign exchange difference reduced 3.2%. The Group load factor was 88.0% for the quarter.

Profit before tax for the 9 months ended 31 December 2010 was $46.8 million, an increase of 559% over the $7.1 million profit recorded in the 9 months to 31 December 2009.

From the Singapore base, new services were launched to Trichy and Trivandrum in India and to Manila during the quarter, while in Australia Tiger rolled-out the third domestic base at Avalon Airport. In December Tiger established the Airline Partner Program with South East Asian Airlines (SEAir) based out of Manila (Clark), which will provide significant operating cost savings going forward. Tiger is exploring opportunities to expand this partnership on routes beyond the current Manila (Clark) – Singapore route.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional details about the Australian operation.

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Tiger Airways voted the least favorite airline by Australians

Tiger Airways (Australia) ( (Melbourne) has work to do to repair its relationship with the traveling public. Its customers are the least satisfied airline travellers in Australia, while people who fly REX-Regional Express and QANTAS Airways are the happiest.

Roy Morgan Research’s latest Airline Satisfaction report found more than 83 per cent of people who travelled on REX-Regional Express in the last year were satisfied.

Passengers who travelled on QANTAS Airways, QANTASlink and Virgin Blue Airlines were next happiest.

What is troubling for Tiger is only about one half of the passengers who flew on Tiger Airways were satisfied, compared to about two thirds who flew on rival Jetstar Airways.

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In other news, Tiger Airways announced it will base two Airbus A320s at Avalon Airport with new service starting on November 10 to the Gold Coast.

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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Airbus A320-232 VH-VND (msn 3296) is pictured at Sydney.

Tiger Airways starts Melbourne-Sydney flights


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Tiger Airways (Australia) ( (Melbourne) started Melbourne-Sydney service yesterday (July 3).

Tiger Airways to start Melbourne-Sydney July 3


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Tiger Airways (Australia) ( (subsidiary of Tiger Airways Singapore) (Melbourne) will launch the prestigious Melbourne-Sydney route on July 3 with four daily roundtrips. This is bound to create a new fare war as the existing carriers will move to protect this lucrative route. Tiger will offer a A$68 one-way fare between the two cities.


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