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Tiger Airways history

Posted on: 07/01/2013

Tiger Airways history

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Tiger Airways Singapore was incorporated on 12 December 2003 and began ticket sales on 31 August 2004. Services commenced on 15 September 2004 to Bangkok. It operates scheduled international services from Singapore Changi Airport and is a subsidiary of Tiger Airways Holdings, a Singaporean-based company. In 2006, the airline flew 1.2 million passengers, a growth of 75% from the previous year.

In 2004, Tiger Airways selected new Airbus A320s, powered by IAE V2500 engines, for its fleet. The new aircraft were selected for its simplicity in operations, better fuel efficiencies and lower maintenance costs. In the same year, Tiger Airways led the low cost market with the introduction of S$1 fares to Bangkok, Phuket and Hatyai.

In 2005, Tiger Airways tripled its fleet of Airbus 320s with the purchase of an additional eight new A320s to be delivered by 2007. This investment in aircraft, valued at more than US$500m at list price, supported the next phase of its expansion in the region and maintained its leadership as Singapore’s largest low fare airline.

In 2006, Tiger Airways became Singapore’s first low fare airline to hit the major milestone of carrying one million passengers. The lucky passenger was Mr. Michael Rider. He was on the Phuket-Singapore flight TR153. The airline won awards for being among the Top 10 airlines for passengers carried and Top 5 airlines for strongest year-on-year growth in passenger numbers in 2007.

Tiger Airways selected its second home base in Adelaide and announced new services from Adelaide to Hobart, Gold Coast, Perth and Alice Springs in 2008. And in 2009, Tiger Airways Singapore celebrated 5 years of operations and welcomed its 10th million passengers.

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