Tigerair Singapore prepares to resume expansion in late 2017 and 2018; feeding Scoot will be crucial

Singapore Airlines (SIA) short haul LCC subsidiary Tigerair is planning to resume expansion in 2H2017, ending a three-year hiatus from growth. The resumption of fleet and capacity expansion is made possible by the completion of a turnaround effort.

Tigerair Singapore is now back in the black after more than two years of losses driven by overcapacity. Market conditions in Singapore have improved, and a virtual merger with Scoot is starting to open up new opportunities for expansion since Scoot needs Tigerair to feed its fast-growing medium/long haul operation.

Tigerair currently operates 23 A320 family aircraft, having reduced its fleet from a high of 27 aircraft in 2014. The LCC is now planning to add six A320s in 2017 and 2018, resulting in a new all-time high of 29 aircraft. Tigerair, which became 100% SIA owned in early 2016, also has 39 A320neos on order that will be used for a combination of fleet renewal and growth over the next decade.

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