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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tiger Airways Australia to operate all 10 A320s by June

Tiger Airways Australia hopes to be operating all 10 of its Airbus A320 aircraft by June this year, and is also in talks to set up a second base in Australia.

It plans to introduce new routes and increase frequencies on some existing ones, said a Tiger spokeswoman.

The low-cost carrier did not reveal more details about the setting up of a second base, but said that it is in talks with tourism and airport partners around the country about "future development plans".

"The airline is keen to reinstate a number of popular destinations which we will announce in due course," said the spokeswoman.

Tiger Australia now only operates seven of its fleet of 10 A320s because of the limit put by the country's safety regulator on the number of sectors it can fly.

This comes up to 32 flights a day out of Melbourne to Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

"In the past six months, we've been working closely with Australian safety regulator CASA to ensure operational excellence and compliance," said the spokesman, who added that a strong team, led by new chief executive Andrew David has also been put in.

"The airline is resuming domestic services gradually, focusing on flying popular core routes which enable the airline to fly safely, affordably and with enhanced reliability," she said.

Tiger Australia was first limited to flying 22 sectors a day after a six-week grounding, which ended in September 2011, on safety concerns by CASA.

The carrier, which flew around 60 sectors daily before the suspension, has been working closely with CASA to increase the number of sectors it can fly to the current 32.

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