Seair outcome leaves question mark over Tiger’s international ambitions

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I would like to thank David Lloyd for responding to my last posting on Philippine carrier Seair. As he quite rightly pointed out, Seair no longer plans to add A320s.

I spoke with Seair’s director Nick Gitsis who told me that Seair has put its plans on hold. He cited the global economic downturn and was unable to give a new time-frame for getting A320s.

This latest development doesn’t augur well for Singapore’s Tiger Airways and its ambitions. Seair was planning to lease its first two A320s from Tiger, sell its tickets through the Tiger website and make use of the Tiger brand.

It was all part of Tiger’s ambition to be a pan-Asian carrier with off-shoots across Asia.

But now that the Philippine push is on hold indefinitely and Tiger’s plans to establish an airline in Korea are also in tatters.

Tiger does have an off-shoot in Australia but that’s a tough market to grow in when one is up against Jetstar and Virgin Blue.

So where is Tiger going to place all those A320s it has on order? The latest I’ve heard is Tiger plans to keep adding aircraft to its Singapore base rather than in Australia.

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