Tiger Airways / Tigerair



Known As: Tiger

Full Name: Tiger Airways Holdings

Country: Australia

Call sign: GO CAT

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Brief History

Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd, operating as Tiger Airways Australia, is a low cost airline which commenced services in the Australian domestic airline market on 23 November 2007.

It is a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, a Singapore-based company, which is owned partially by Singapore Airlines. The airline is based in Melbourne, Victoria, with its main base at Melbourne Airport.

The airline's secondary base, Adelaide Airport, commenced operations on 1 March 2009. A smaller "virtual base" was opened in Sydney on 29 October 2009.

Tiger also opened a third operational base at Melbourne's Avalon Airport, in November 2010

Tiger Airways Australia's first scheduled flight was TT 7402, departing Melbourne for the Gold Coast, on 23 November 2007 at 7:30am.
On 31 May 2008, it was announced that passengers would be charged a fee for check-in luggage. It is a A$10 (for 15KG) fee at booking but if paid at check-in, it increases to A$20.
It was announced on 3 April 2009 that Tiger intended to launch into the Melbourne-Sydney market, the third busiest passenger route in the world, signalling an end to its operational policy of avoiding expensive airports.
On 18 July the same year, it was announced that Tiger would be increasing its Melbourne-Sydney flights by up to nine flights a day in each direction, and doubling the capacity on the Adelaide-Sydney Route. This is all part of expansion plans arising from new aircraft arriving from 4 October 2009.
On 5 November 2009 Tiger Airways announced the intention to launch into the Brisbane market with services to Melbourne, Adelaide and Rockhampton. Tiger celebrated these routes for A$2 during their Second Birthday sale, along with all Tasmanian routes, and the popular Melbourne to Sydney route.
Tiger Australia announced in February 2010 that the airline is now profitable.

On 27 March 2010 Tiger Airways announced it would return to the Melbourne-Darwin route, with six flights weekly from 18 June.

 1 June 2010 marked the departure of former MD Shelley Roberts, and the arrival of her successor Crawford Rix. "As far as I am concerned, on-time performance is going to be a big area that we will be focusing on," said Rix in a media interview.
On 1 July 2010, Tiger became the second airline in the world apart from Irish shareholder Ryanair, to introduce a fee to check in. The A$10 fee applies to those passengers who don't opt for the web check-in service.

By October 2010, the charge has since risen to A$20.
On 16 July 2010, Tiger Airways announced its intentions to cease all flying from Launceston Airport as of 2 August 2010. The Adelaide-Hobart route is also to be suspended. Communications manager Vanessa Regan says the cuts are due to seasonal demand.
On 16 September 2010, Tiger commenced services to Cairns, operating a late night daily service from its Tullamarine base.
On 21 October 2010, Tiger announced that it was adding two Airbus A320 aircraft to the Melbourne base in the new year, bringing its Victorian fleet to a total of ten aircraft, in line with the deal struck with the State government.
Tiger announced on 25 October 2010 its intention to complete the golden triangle by expanding onto the busy Sydney-Brisbane route, offering double daily frequencies

On 2 July 201, Tiger Airways Australia was suspended from flying by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority due to "various" safety concerns.The grounding coincided with school holidays in New South Wales and Victoria. News agencies estimated that 35,000 people may have been affected. It is estimated that Tiger will lost A$4.2 million for every week of suspension.

After five weeks CASA lifted the ban and Tiger recommenced operations on 12 August 2011, but only for 18 flights a day between Melbourne and Sydney.

Tiger announced it was suspending operations from Avalon Airport and would close its Adelaide base altogether in a "commercially motivated" decision. It also said that it would reduce its fleet to eight aircraft.

As of August 2011, the Tiger Airways Australia fleet consists of 10 Airbus A320 (two stored)
Tiger's CEO noted that the intention was to let the Australian-based airline to "grow as big as demand allows it to grow" which, based on statements, has been projected to be up to 30 aircraft.

April 23, 2013 the ACCC approves Virgin's Tiger acquisition. Virgin Australia now holds 60% of tigerair shares.

On 17 October 2014, Virgin Australia announced it would purchase the remaining 40% stake in the airline for A$1, taking full ownership rebranding the airline as Tigerair.


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