Tigerair Singapore 2017 outlook: fleet expansion resumes as brand disappears, transit traffic grows

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Singapore based LCC Tigerair faces a year of transition in 2017 as it combines with the medium/long haul LCC Scoot. Tigerair and Scoot aim to end 2017 with a single operator's certificate and a single brand as the Tigerair name disappears from the Singapore marketplace, after an at times tumultuous 13 year run.

The Tigerair brand will remain in Australia and Taiwan, at least for the time being. However, the Tigerair Group – which was absorbed by the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group in early 2016 – no longer owns stakes in any overseas affiliates and is now focused entirely on growing in its home market of Singapore.

The Tigerair Singapore operation has not grown in three years, actually reducing the size of its fleet in response to overcapacity and in a bid to improve profitability. Tigerair Singapore is now profitable again, and expansion of its A320 fleet will resume in late 2017, ending a three year hiatus.

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