Burns is new Tiger COO

Tiger Airways has appointed Mr Steve Burns as its new Chief Operating Officer. Burns, 33, will be responsible for strategic and operational leadership of the airline in its network development across Asia Pacific.

Burns will lead Tiger Airways in consolidating recent corporate and network developments - the expansion of its Australian operations, the establishment of Incheon Tiger Airways in Korea and the attainment of rights to service new routes like the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur route.

Burns has over 10 years of experience in the aviation industry, including various management roles in easyJet and bmibaby. At bmibaby, Burns was the Commercial Director of the low-cost arm of UK-based bmi British Midland. He oversaw the airline’s Network Development strategy, Revenue Management, eCommerce, Ancillary Revenues and Customer Service functions growing bmibaby’s network by 30%, including a 60% growth at Birmingham, making it the largest airline in the UK Midlands.

Burn’s previous eight years at UK-based easyJet, one of Europe’s most commercially successful LCCs, saw him in various commercial management roles from Marketing to Revenue Management and Network Profit Management.

“My main priority is to aid Tiger Airways in its development as a thought-leader in the industry. It will include leading the airline’s network development as the airline grows its fleet to 70 aircraft. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to new challenges from the Asia Pacific network” said Burns.


Burns is Irish and holds a Masters degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, UK and a Masters degree in Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) from University of Manchester, UK.