Tiger Airways Australia pulls out of aviation conference

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For those of us counting on next week’s Australia Pacific Aviation Outlook Summit to receive real answers about Tiger Airways Australia’s grounding, keep looking.

Tiger Australia managing director Crawford Rix–whose resignation was announced last week–has pulled out of delivering a keynote at the conference and has not been replaced. A conference spokeswoman confirmed Rix’s and Tiger’s withdrawal.

Rix was due to address the themes of “growing existing operations to meet an increase in passenger numbers. Recognising which new routes provide the biggest opportunity and expanding existing capacity; boosting revenue through ancillary offerings.”

Those are topics Tiger is pressed to do with its current grounding, and will still be pressed to do should the Civil Aviation Safety Authority permit to resume operations. And you could argue Tiger has far better activities–maintenance supervision, pilot training–to carry out besides making appearances at conference.

Such a pull out is not unprecedented. Rolls-Royce cancelled a previously scheduled briefing at last November’s Zhuhai air show, which occurred barely a week after the uncontained Trent 900 engine failure on a Qantas Airbus A380.


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