No update from Tiger until Thursday as CASA’s agitation grows

Rix hugging tiger.JPGCASA is not yet feeling Tiger’s love.

Grounded Tiger Airways hopes to announce by mid-day on Thursday a resumption to its services, which were suspended last Friday night through this Friday.

“We’re working hard to address CASA’s concerns & get our planes flying.Updates regarding svc resumption will be made by 1200hrs AEST, 7/7/11,” the carrier says in a Tweet.

Tiger’s optimism, and chief executive Tony Davis denying there are safety problems, are starkly contrasted to growing frustration from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

The safety regulator has most recently written, “That’s what we’re working on. Real changes will be needed.” Although there was no context to the message or indication if it was replying to a user’s message about the Tiger grounding, the message was likely in reference to Tiger.

Since the grounding CASA has been outspoken about wanting to see safety and operational changes from an otherwise nonchalant Tiger. Whether CASA’s negotiation through the press and public is working on Tiger will be seen by Thursday.

If CASA does apply to the Federal Court for an extension on the grounding, which at five days is the longest it can impose on its own, the court can grant an extension for a set period of time up to 40 days, CASA says.


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