19-May-2010 10:35 AM

Tiger Airways examining international routes from Australia

Tiger Airways CEO, Tony Davis, stated Tiger Airways Australia is examining routes within a five-hour flying range from Australia for its A320 aircraft, including destinations in Indonesia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands (Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, 19-May-2010). The CEO added the carrier has no plans to shift from its one aircraft-type fleet, as it allows it to maintain low costs.

Tiger Airways: “The east coast of Australia to Asia ... is not my game plan. My game plan is to use my A320 fleet as efficiently as possible on whatever routes make sense. Airports like Darwin, like Perth [are] those that can access Asia. Brisbane to Indonesia works, Gold Coast to Indonesia, or going east to New Zealand or the Pacific Islands there are opportunities there as well. What I'm doing is drawing a circumference around Australia, and saying, 'Where is there within five hours of here?' There's quite a few places. But what I'm not interested in doing is buying a different aircraft type to go seven hours … Flying the A330, or the [Boeing] 777 or Dreamliner that some of our competitors have chosen to do, you add another set of pilots, another set of engineers, spares, a different aircraft type which you've got to go out and purchase — all of those things add cost and complexity to the operations,” Tony Davis, CEO. Source: Sydney Morning Herald/The Age, 19-May-2010.

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