Further delays in the return of Tiger Airways to the skies over Australia appear inevitable after the low-cost carrier began refunding customers booked to fly before August 4th. Tiger had been seeking to re-launch on August 1st after being grounded by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority earlier this month.
Tiger Airways has taken on veteran Qantas pilot captain Chris Manning in a bid to improve safety as it seeks to return to the skies. Tiger – the low-cost offshoot of Singapore Airways – is presently grounded until August 1st following “serious and imminent” safety concerns.
Officials at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia have confirmed they will seek to lift restrictions on Tiger Airways if “all safety issues are fixed”. Tiger has been grounded since July 2nd following “serious and imminent” safety lapses linked to pilot proficiency, training and fatigue management.
In the cut throat world of aviation airlines rarely miss an opportunity to take advantage of a competitor’s misfortune, with Virgin Australia quick to maximise its advantage from the grounding of Tiger Airways. Also today, Air New Zealand confirmed tickets for its codeshare trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Australia had gone live.
Officials at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia have sought to extend the one-week grounding of Tiger Airways, effectively banning the carrier from operations until August. The news comes as Tiger chief executive, Crawford Rix, confirmed he will leave the airline on July 31st.
A return from Tiger Airways looked increasingly unlikely today, with the budget carrier suspending ticket sales in Australia. Five days after grounding its fleet over safety concerns, the Singapore-based carrier was warned by consumer regulators it could face legal action for improperly disclosing the situation to passengers.
Australian flag-carrier Qantas and Virgin Australia are expected to be the big winners down under following the grounding of rival Tiger Airways. Singapore-based Tiger was banned from the skies by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority over the weekend, with as many as 40,000 passengers set to be hit over the coming days.
Singapore-based Tiger Airways has been grounded by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority following concerns over safety. It is the first time the organisation has taken such a step, with unions warning Tiger could be out of the skies for several weeks.
Safety was at the heard of a developing debate in Australia this morning, with carriers offering sharply different responses to the ongoing ash cloud crisis. While Australian flag-carrier Qantas has cancelled flights across the country, competitor Virgin Atlantic insisted it was safe to fly.
Qantas, Jetstar and Tiger Airways have all cancelled flights this morning, as strong winds carry ash particles from Puyehue Volcano in Chile across the southern hemisphere. Air travel in South America also continues to be disrupted, with flights in and out of the Argentine and Uruguayan capitals cancelled.
As part of its commitment to further reduce fares and provide opportunities for even more people to fly, Tiger Airways, Australia’s low fare airline, is introducing new check-in options this week (from 01 July 2010)
Low-cost carrier Tiger Airways has made a strong debut on the Singapore stock market, signalling a return to financial favour of the aviation sector. The Singapore-based airline raised S$248m (US$177m) in the first IPO by an Asian airline for five years.