Tiger Airways Australia announced (05-Jul-2011) that following its service suspension by CASA, all its flights have been temporarily been removed from sale. The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Graham Samuel stated he was “bewildered” the airline had continued to sell tickets without disclosing the severity of the situation (The Australian Financial Review, 06-Jul-2011). Mr Samuel said Tiger had been “extraordinarily slow” in responding to warnings from himself and the state competition regulators that the airline could be in breach of consumer laws. The chairman also expects Tiger to expedite its process of refunding passengers, adding the ACCC believes that Tiger holding onto the money is “a very convenient float that’s to their advantage”. CASA stated that it expects to make a decision by Thursday on whether to ground Tiger beyond the weekend (AFP, 05-Jun-2011). [more]
Tiger suspends ticket sales following ACCC warnings
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The data indicate that total worldwide deliveries fell in 2016, the first such decline for six years, as a result of delays to new aircraft programmes. Boeing delivered more aircraft than Airbus for the fifth straight year, but its deliveries fell short of its 2015 level, while Airbus increased its numbers year-on-year. Total deliveries will likely rise again in 2017, but this may prove to be a peak year.
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