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Old August 26th, 2010, 12:42 PM   #81
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The new Thai Tiger!

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THAI'S Thai Tiger, new low-cost airline launched

By The Nation 2/08/2010


Thai Airways International and Tiger Airways Holdings today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to form a new low fare airline called Thai Tiger Airways Private Ltd, which is expected to commence operations in the first quarter of 2011, pending regulatory approvals.

Based in Bangkok, Thai Tiger will operate international and domestic flights out of Suvarnabhumi Airport offering short-haul, point-to-point services within a 5-hour flying radius. The route network and further information on the corporate structure will be announced in due course.

For its 49.8 per cent stake, THAI will inject Bt99.6 million into the new company, which will provide the ultra low fare services.


"For people in Thailand and the region, our launching of Thai Tiger will mean that in addition to the global network of premium services operated by THAI, more people will have access to new low fare, point to point services, giving a big boost to tourism and employment," said THAI President Piyasvasti Amranand.


THAI and a Thai entity will collectively hold 51 per cent while Tiger Airways will hold 49 per cent. The Thai Tiger Board will consist of three nominees from THAI and two nominees from Tiger Airways, with the Chairmanship being held by THAI. Tony Davis, Tiger Airways Group President and CEO, and Ryanasia principal Declan Ryan will sit on the Board of Thai Tiger as nominees for Tiger Airways. Declan Ryan was one of the founding shareholders of both Tiger Airways and Ryanair.


Piyasvasti believed that this move will provide revenue opportunities for THAI and allow THAI to be more competitive in the region with the anticipated growth in the low cost market as a result of continued Asean air liberalisation policies by 2015 which "we expect will lead to growth in air travel in the Asian market. Thai Tiger will offer an entirely different line of products to that offered by THAI".


"Thai Tiger will be well positioned to offer low fares to even more parts of the Asia-Pacific region from its base in Asia's tourism leader, Thailand. Bangkok is a key gateway to the whole of South East Asia and from its base at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thai Tiger will be well positioned to also serve destinations in North Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Spreading our paw-print means greater economies of scale for Tiger Airways, which in turn enables us to lower costs and fares even further," Davis added.


Thai Tiger will operate a consistent Airbus A320 aircraft fleet in line with other airlines in the Tiger Airways Group.


Tiger Airways, established in September 2004, now operates a fleet of 19 Airbus A320-family aircraft and is committed to increasing its fleet size to 68 by December 2015. The airline currently operates flights to 37 destinations in 11 countries and territories across Asia and Australia.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 05:14 PM   #82
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Tiger Airways gets go-ahead to lease planes

By NISHA RAMCHANDANI

BUDGET carrier Tiger Airways has received the green light from the Philippines' Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to lease two Airbus A319 aircraft to Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR).

Flying high: Tiger has announced that it will introduce new services to Taipei, Trichy, and Trivandrum

'The CAB approval follows a long-standing intent for Tiger Airways Singapore to further develop its commercial partnership with SEAIR,' the group said in a statement to the Singapore Exchange yesterday.

The airline also said that it is currently in talks with SEAIR to finalise the commercial and operational aspects of the partnership. 'Further details of the commercial partnership will be released once details are finalised,' it added.

According to a report out of Manila, the leasing programme had been previously put on hold, due in part to the economic downturn.

'They're reviving it now because the market is growing and many of our airlines are looking at expanding,' Carmelo Arcilla, CAB's executive director, was quoted as saying.

Earlier this month, Tiger announced that it has appointed TripleStar Travel and Tours as its general sales agent in the Philippines. SEAIR is an affiliate company of TripleStar Holdings, which also owns TripleStar Travel and Tours.

Tiger, which plans to widen its network, has announced previously that it will introduce new services to Taipei, Trichy, and Trivandrum, and boost frequencies to cities such as Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Shenzhen.

Shares in the budget carrier closed at $1.90 yesterday, down two cents.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 07:23 PM   #83
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From: the Bangkok Post


PM patches up Thai Tiger row
But Sohpon still irked about traffic rights

* Published: 3/09/2010 at 12:00 AM
* Newspaper section: Business

Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday threw his support behind Thai Airways International's controversial plan to set up a low-cost carrier with Singapore-based Tiger Airways.

During his first official visit to the flag carrier's head office, the prime minister told Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum, who has opposed the agreement to set up Thai Tiger Airways (TTA), not to interfere with what he called "a corporate decision".

"The government should not present itself to become an obstacle to the development," Mr Abhisit said during a panel discussion while appeasingly patting one of Mr Sohpon's legs.

The prime minister reaffirmed his support for the creation of the 51:49 joint venture, telling reporters that the establishment formed part of THAI's strategic plan and the subject rests with THAI's management.

While refraining from responding negatively on the stage in front of hundreds of THAI senior staff, Mr Sohpon later told journalists that he still disagreed with the TTA establishment.

"As THAI is under the ministry's supervision, we reserve the right to put the issue under our scrutiny," he said.

"There are a lot of things (about the TTA agreement) which are unclear to us and the ministry needs to hold talks with the THAI management. Let's be clear that we have not decided whether to allow them to go ahead."

Mr Sohpon had said earlier in the day that one of the most critical issues in his mind was the offering of domestic air traffic rights to a foreign carrier through the joint-venture airline.

Critics say most countries around the world, including the US, zealously reserve their domestic air traffic rights for locally owned carriers.

Another disturbing issue for the transport minister is THAI's perceived foot-dragging on the capital increase plan of its 39%-owned Nok Air, while rushing to form another low-cost carrier that would compete with Nok.

Yesterday's statements from the two senior politicians brought into the open a rift between Mr Abhisit's Democrat Party and the Bhumjaithai Party.

Mr Sohpon has already been irked by suggestions made by coalition parties about possible flaws in a plan to lease 4,000 natural gas-fuelled buses for the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority.

The bus issue, a pet project of Bhumjaithai, has been thrown out of cabinet consideration several times.

The different views taken by Mr Abhisit and Mr Sohpon are complicating THAI management's attempt to get TTA off the ground, projected in the first quarter of next year.

Criticism and opposition against the creation of TTA, especially among airline professionals, are growing, much to the anger of THAI president Piyasvasti Amranand and Chokchai Panyayong, THAI's executive vice-president for strategy and business development, who both engineered the establishment.

But what raises critics' eyebrows is the association of Temasek, the Singaporean government's investment arm, and Singapore Airlines, THAI's archrival, in Tiger Airways.

Tiger Airways is owned 33.7% by Singapore Airlines and 7.7% by Dahlia Investment. Both of them are in turn controlled by Temasek Holdings (Pte) Ltd.

Temasek was viewed by most Thais in a negative light after it bought Shin Corp from fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in the 73- billion-baht deal in 2006.

Under the regulations of the Civil Aviation Department, a startup airline in Thailand is allowed to use foreign-registered aircraft as well as foreign pilots to fly domestic routes for up to one year, after which it must have Thailand-registered aircraft and be manned by Thai pilots.

With 51% of its shares owned by THAI, TTA fits the description as a "Thai airline" and is thus entitled to be legally excused.

The flag carrier said TTA was meant to recapture the traffic opportunities, especially within the region, lost to other low-cost carriers, Thai AirAsia in particular.

It blamed Nok for failing to move fast enough to re-enter the regional market as early as next year as THAI mandated earlier, because of its short-term focus on the domestic market and limited aircraft availability.
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Old September 6th, 2010, 04:38 AM   #84
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Has anyone on here flown Tiger? How do they stack up compared to other LCC's?

I would think it is hard to beat or even compete with AirAsia.
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Old September 6th, 2010, 10:36 AM   #85
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been on TG the service is crap, JQ is much better
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Old September 6th, 2010, 11:28 AM   #86
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been on TG the service is crap, JQ is much better
Agree!! Jetstar is much better.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 06:50 AM   #87
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Old September 30th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #88
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Singapore Air to expand network to South America‎

SIA Network Expands to Sixth Continent With First South American Destination

SINGAPORE, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore Airlines will add a sixth continent to its route network in March 2011 with the launch of thrice-weekly flights between Singapore and the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, via Barcelona in Spain.

Sao Paulo will be the Airline's first South American destination. A dynamic metropolis, Brazil's largest city is an arts and entertainment centre as well as an influential player in the areas of commerce and finance within the region.

Flights will operate between Barcelona and Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport under codeshare arrangements with Star Alliance partner Spanair. The codeshare will help facilitate travel from Spanair's network to Sao Paulo through its Barcelona hub. SIA already adds its code to Spanair domestic flights between Barcelona and Bilbao, Madrid and Palma Mallorca.

"We are very excited about this new service which will help boost ties between Singapore and Brazil and pave the way for enhanced trade, tourism and travel links between Asia and South America. It will also provide a direct link between Barcelona and Sao Paulo," said Mr Bey Soo Khiang, Singapore Airlines' Senior Executive Vice President Marketing & Corporate Services.

"Singapore Airlines has been eyeing opportunities in the fast-growing South American market for some time. We are pleased to be able to add a sixth continent to our route network and be the only airline offering direct flights between Southeast Asia and Brazil."

Singapore Airlines currently flies daily between Singapore and Barcelona via Milan in Italy. With the new service, three of the flights will operate non-stop between Singapore and Barcelona while four will continue to operate on a Singapore-Milan-Barcelona routing. To ensure that both Barcelona and Milan will continue to be served daily, thrice-weekly non-stop Singapore-Milan services will be introduced.

Details of flight times for the new Singapore-Barcelona-Sao Paulo service will be announced at a later date.
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Singapore, welcome to São Paulo, Brazil!
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Old October 1st, 2010, 01:44 PM   #90
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What plane will they use on this route??
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What plane will they use on this route??
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Old October 1st, 2010, 07:27 PM   #92
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Up to 2,700 passengers affected by Tiger Airways' flight cancellations
By Timothy Ouyang | Posted: 01 October 2010 2228 hrs


SINGAPORE : Budget carrier Tiger Airways cancelled nearly half of its flights out of Singapore on Friday due to technical faults with its aircraft.

Online flight status information provided by Changi Airport showed that 15 out of 33 flights scheduled to depart on Friday had been cancelled.

It is estimated that as many as 2,700 passengers may have been affected.

The cancellations affected flights to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Jakarta, Phuket, Krabi, Bangkok, Perth, Chennai and Macau.

Responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia, the Singapore-based low cost carrier said two of its Airbus A320 aircraft have experienced technical issues over the past few weeks and were grounded for extended checks and maintenance.

The technical issues included faults with the electrical supply to the braking system of one aircraft, while the second aircraft experienced fuel tank contamination.

One of the aircraft had to be sent back to Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The carrier said this has caused significant disruption to its flight programme, which have resulted in the rescheduling and cancellation of flights.

Tiger Airways has a total of 19 Airbus A320 aircraft in its fleet. Ten are operated from Singapore, and the remaining nine from Australia.

A Tiger spokesperson said passengers have been offered various alternative options such as refunds and alternative flights.

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 07:51 AM   #93
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From the Straits Times Singapore:http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_585862.html

Uproar at Budget Terminal
By Rachel Scully, Multimedia Journalist

PLANS for a weekend getaway were ruined when passengers learnt that their flights had been cancelled.

For two consecutive days, Tiger Airways cancelled several flights to Perth, Penang, Phuket and Bangkok without explanation.

Hundreds of disgruntled passengers were left stranded at the Budget Terminal while waiting for the airline to provide them with more information. Unfortunately, Tiger's service standards failed to impress.

Passengers were made to wait in line for their turn before counter-staff would address their concerns and compensation issues. To make matters worse, some of these passengers had encountered the same problem the day before.

In a written response to RazorTV, a spokesperson from Tiger Airways said that the airline recently had two aircraft with technical issues that were grounded for extended checks & maintenance over the past few weeks. As a result, Tiger Airways had to reschedule or cancel flights in a way that minimised overall disruption.

However, many passengers did not buy the explanation, claiming they heard otherwise from ground staff. RazorTV captured the action and sentiment at the Budget Terminal.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 07:56 AM   #94
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Posted this on the A380 forum as well!!

Interior of Singapore Airlines A380:

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 08:32 PM   #95
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from yahoo news:http://sg.yfittopostblog.com/2010/10...ncels-flights/

Thousands stranded as Tiger Air cancels flights
By yahoosingapore – October 2nd, 2010

Thousands of passengers have been stranded after budget airline Tiger Airways cancelled almost half its flights out of Singapore due to technical faults with its aircrafts.

The Straits Times reports that up to 40 flights in the past four days have been scrapped with Channel News Asia reporting that up to 2,700 passengers may have been affected.

The cancellations in the past few days affected flights to places like Kuala Lumpur, Chennai, Macau, Perth, Penang, Phuket and Bangkok.

In response, the Singapore-based budget carrier said two of its Airbus A320 aircraft had experienced technical issues over the past few weeks, and were grounded for extended checks and maintenance.

The carrier says this resulted in significant disruption to its flight schedule.

Passengers, however, felt the airline could have done a much better job informing them earlier via mobile phone or email.

Cancellations were only indicated on the website of the Changi Airport online flight information system and many passengers who turned up at the airport were caught unawares.

Sharlene Lim, 27, whose flight to Hong Kong was delayed by nine hours on Thursday, told ST, “This is my second time flying with Tiger Airways and it will be my last.”

As late as this Saturday morning, hundreds of frustrated passengers at Singapore’s Budget Terminal were enraged when they learned their flights had also been cancelled with no prior notice.

Passengers were made to wait in line for their turn before counter-staff addressed their concerns and compensation issues.

Derek Sadubin of Sydney-based aviation consultancy, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, told the same paper that budget carriers have little excess capacity because of their low-cost business model.

As a result, he said they strive to maximise asset utilisation and “tend to feel the impact of aircraft technical issues more acutely.”
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Eirgh ... what a mess. So will the aviation authorities re-consider their operating license?
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Eirgh ... what a mess. So will the aviation authorities re-consider their operating license?
Not too sure about that. Travellers are really angry with the airline this is the second time it happened this year.

In this video you can see what the passangers feel and what they were told:http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking...ry_585862.html
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Tiger Airways finally put up a flight disruption notice on its website:http://www.tigerairways.com/coms/hel...ion_notice.pdf
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Tiger Airways finally put up a flight disruption notice on its website:http://www.tigerairways.com/coms/hel...ion_notice.pdf
i'm not sure if it'll only last for this weekend...
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Tiger Airways falls on flight cancellations

Shares of Singapore budget carrier Tiger Airways <TAHL.SI> fell as much as 3.9% in early trade on Monday after a local newspaper reported that the firm had cancelled about 40 flights over a four-day period.

At 9:23 a.m., Tiger Airways shares were trading at $2 on a volume of 760,000 shares.

“Given the tight scheduling and high utilisation of planes for budget carriers, planes that are out of action will have a much more severe impact compared to the full service carriers,” DMG & Partners said in a report.

The local press reported on Saturday that Tiger Airways has cancelled about 40 flights since September 28, citing problems such as fuel and electricity trouble.

Source:http://theedgesingapore.com/the-dail...ellations.html
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