Tiger Airways bares its claws

Tony Davis vertical.JPGAfter months of silence, Tiger Airways has come out swinging against its rivals and dismissed the AirAsia-Jetstar alliance as mere “hot air”.

Its CEO Tony Davis (above) has had an uncomfortable few months, telling reporters that he was unable to speak to the press because of stock exchange regulations related to the airline’s listing in January.

But in a wide-ranging interview with Flightglobal’s sister publications Air Transport Intelligence and Airline Business, he laid into his rivals and says that his Singapore-headquartered carrier is not into “publicity stunts” and that it was more focused on being profitable.

He also told ATI that the carrier was looking to set up a third base after Singapore and Australia, and that it will increase it fleet to 33 Airbus A320s by March 2012.

Tiger’s profile may not be as high as its rivals’, but it is determined to get its fundamentals rights in the increasingly competitive Southeast Asian low-cost carrier market.

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