Tigerair agrees to sell Tigerair Philippines to Cebu Pacific Air, both carriers agree to an alliance
Tigerair and Cebu Pacific Air, the largest budget carriers based in Singapore and the Philippines respectively, have announced plans to enter into a strategic alliance. Both parties will collaborate commercially and operationally on international and domestic air routes from the Philippines, thereby creating the biggest network of flights to the region.
The alliance will enable both parties to leverage their respective strengths and harness synergies to enhance their network coverage, flight frequencies and customer service, and jointly market their routes using interline arrangement.
Subject to regulatory approval, the interline partners will jointly operate common routes between Singapore and the Philippines. As part of the strategic alliance, Tigerair will divest its 40% stake in Tigerair Philippines to Cebu Pacific.
Group CEO of Tigerair Mr Koay Peng Yen said, “Tigerair and Cebu Pacific share a vision for both airlines to join forces and create the largest budget airline network between Asia and the Philippines. This partnership with Cebu Pacific is consistent with our asset-light strategy, and builds upon our other alliances. We also look forward to achieving greater cost savings from the coordinated operations while providing more travel options and greater convenience for our customers.”
President and CEO of Cebu Pacific Mr Lance Gokongwei said, “This strategic alliance will allow both Cebu Pacific and Tigerair to leverage our extensive networks spanning from North Asia, ASEAN, Australia, India, all the way to the Middle East. Our customers can expect an even wider range of travel options, and seamless travel connections while enjoying our trademark low fares.”
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Sporting the new titles and look, Tigerair’s Airbus A320-232 9V-TAS (msn 4493) arrives in Bangkok.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Cebu Pacific Air’s Airbus A320-214 RP-C3262 (msn 4537) also arrives in Bangkok.
Tiger Airways (Singapore) has been rebranded as Tigerair and modified its color scheme. The first Airbus A320 has been modified.
The airline issued this statement:
Over the years as we expanded, we found that people travel to explore new destinations, to escape from their busy day-to-day lives or to connect and bond with family and friends. We recognized how much emotions and memories play a role in travel. Our refreshed brand represents this.
We embrace the simple belief that travel is about enabling great experiences and memories. Affordable air fares empower people to pursue their dreams which lead to relaxation, joy and great new experiences.
We aspire to be the leading airline and travel partner connecting people across Asia Pacific and our new brand reflects this aspiration.
Our new logo is simplified to depict the personality of the new Tigerair brand — warm, passionate and genuine.
The rounded fonts depict friendliness while the two dots, the first in grey and the second in orange, symbolises Tigerair’s role in connecting our customers from one point to another. The different coloured dots also depict a friendly wink.
The orange semi-circle acts as a subtle reference to a tiger’s tail, as well as a smile, representative of the passion and commitment in everything we do.
All photos and images: Tigerair.
Tiger Airways (Singapore) will start nonstop flights between Hong Kong and Jakarta on July 25. Tiger Airways will fly to the capital of Indonesia four times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with an increase to daily flights from September onwards.
Tiger Airways has been rapidly expanding its network in Indonesia this year. Domestically within Indonesia, the airline flies between Jakarta and key cities including Bali (Denpasar), Medan, Surabaya, Padang, Pekanbaru and Yogyakarta.
Top Copyright Photo: Jens Polster/AirlinersGallery.com All others from Tiger Airways). Airbus A319-132 9V-TRB (msn 3801) prepares to land at Bangkok.
Tiger Airways (Tiger Airways Holdings Limited) on June 4 finalized the sale and purchase agreement to acquire a 40% stake in South East Asian Airlines (SEAir), Inc. This stake will be acquired from existing foreign shareholders at $7 million (US), less liabilities to be confirmed in a due diligence review. The investment will be held through Tiger’s wholly owned subsidiary, Roar Aviation II Pte. Ltd.
The investment in SEAir is Tiger’s second such joint venture in Asia. Tiger acquired a 33% stake in
Mandala Airlines (Jakarta) of Indonesia in January 2012.
SEAir currently operates two Airbus A319 aircraft leased from Tiger Airways under the Tiger Partner Airline
program. In addition, there are plans to expand the fleet to five aircraft within this financial year with the addition of three A320 aircraft.
SEAir will be introducing new routes to its network. The airline will adopt Tiger’s business model. This includes offering attractive fares to international and domestic destinations within a five-hour flying radius from the Philippines.
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Mandala Airlines (Jakarta) reactivated its AOC last month after Tiger Airways (Singapore) completed its acquisition of the 33 percent of the stock in January. Tiger has already leased Mandala two Airbus A320s. Operations will restart as Tiger Airways Indonesia in April 2012 according to this report by Reuters.
Mandala suspended operations on January 13, 2011.
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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. The colorful Mandala name and brand will be retired.
Tiger Airways (Singapore) has finalized its acquisition of a 33 percent share in the grounded Mandala Airlines (Jakarta), becoming the second largest shareholder after the Saratoga Group (51.3 percent). The creditors and previous owners will hold the remaining 15.7 percent share.
Mandala will resume operations this year under the Tiger Airways low-cost model according to this article by The Economic Times.
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Copyright Photo: John Adlard. This intricate Mandala design will fade into aviation history as the renewed carrier will also adopt the Tiger Airways brand.
Tiger Airways (Singapore) has dropped plans for a LCC joint venture with Thai Airways International (Bangkok) due to the failure to obtain the necessary Thai government approvals.
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Tiger Airways (Singapore) Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Mandala Airlines (Jakarta) previously suspended scheduled operations on January 13, 2011. In May 2011, Tiger Airways Holdings (Singapore) and Saratoga Investama, an Indonesian strategic investment company owned by Sandiaga Uno, announced plans in a filing in the Singapore Stock Exchange to relaunch the airline. The deal was signed and approved on September 24.
Saratoga own controls 51 percent of the stock, followed by Tiger Airway’ 33 percent, with the remaining 16 percent owned by the airline’s existing shareholders and the creditors through a debt-to-equity agreement.
Mandala will relaunch operations within 90 days using the Tiger Airways LCC model using Airbus A320 aircraft.
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Mandala Slide Show: CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for information on the reborn airline.
Thai Airways International Boeing 747-4D7 HS-TGG (msn 33771) HKT (Wim Callaert), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Thai Airways International (Bangkok) is now consider going alone with plans to introduce a new low-cost carrier according to this article by Flightglobal.
Previously the airline partnered with Tiger Airways with the proposal to start Thai Tiger Airways in the first quarter of 2012. However this proposal remains mired in the formative stages.
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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.
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In other news, Tiger Airways (Australia) remains grounded until at least August 11.
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Mandala Airlines Airbus A320-233 PK-RMJ (msn 1482) SUB (John Adlard), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Tiger Airways (Singapore) will partner with investment firm Saratoga Capital to revive defunct and grounded Mandala Airlines.
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SEAIR-South East Asian Airlines (Manila) and Tigers Airways (Singapore) have received a setback from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) of the Philippines. The CAB has issued a cease and desist order stopping SEAIR and Tiger Airways from adding domestic Manila-Cebu and Manila-Davao flights due to start on May 27. The CAB claimed advertisements for the new flights used the Tiger Airways brand. The CAB has taken the position that domestic routes should be reserved for Philippine-owned carriers.
On December 16, 2010 SEAIR and Tiger Airways entered into an agreement. Under the agreement, Tiger Airways leased two Airbus A319s to SEAIR. SEAIR is operating the two aircraft from Clark in an all-white condition with SEAIR titles. The aircraft are flown by SEAIR’s crews. Seats on the flights are marketed by Tiger for SEAIR.
SEAIR started operating the Airbus A319s on the Clark-Singapore route on December 16, 2010 and is due to start Clark-Macau on May 27, 2011.
However other Philippine airlines including Air Philippines, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways have protested the arrangement.
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Tiger Airways (Singapore) and Thai Airways International (Bangkok) have signed a new Shareholders Agreement creating Thai Tiger (Bangkok), a new low-cost airline in Thailand. As a result, Thai is expected to back-off on any further investments in Nok Air.
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Tiger Airways (Singapore) has taken a 32.5 percent share of partner airline SEAIR (South East Asian Airlines) (Manila-Clark). The relationship will be expanded on March 14 when SEAIR adds the Clark-Hong Kong route using Tiger Airways’ Airbus A320s.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Please click on the photo for the full details of this growing relationship.
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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.
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Tiger Airways (Singapore) reported a $1.4 million (US) profit in its fiscal first quarter.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A320-232 9V-TAE (msn 2724) prepares to land at Singapore.
Thai Airways International (Bangkok) and a domestic partner will own 51 percent of Thai Tiger Airways Pte (Bangkok) which will commence low-fare operations in March 2011. Tiger Airways Holdings (Singapore) will own 49 percent of the new LCC. Thai Tiger Airways will fly domestic and international routes with Airbus A320s of up to five hours. The new joint venture is designed to go after rival Thai AirAsia. It is unclear what will happen to Nok Air in which Thai owns 39 percent.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Tiger Airways’ Airbus A320-232 9V-TAE (msn 2724) prepares to land at the SIN base.
Tiger Airways (Singapore) produced a S$28.2 million net profit for its fiscal year ending on March 31.
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Tiger Airways (Singapore) is looking at adding another Asian subsidiary.
Tiger Airways (Singapore) is acquiring its first two owned (it previously leased) Airbus A320s this month and February. This will permit the company to launch the Singapore-Hong Kong route in February.
Tiger Airways (Australia) (tigerairways.com) (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.