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Tiger seemingly unaware of its own grounding extension as it declares “nobody’s perfect”

It was a somber experience to listen to Tiger Airways Holdings acting chief executive Chin Yau Seng on Thursday night reiterate the group’s commitment to safety and the Australian market, its desire to resume services as quickly as possible, and the “demonstration of commitment” Tiger made by appointing a former Qantas chief pilot as a […]

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Senator’s proposed cabin crew rights bill more humble than revolutionary

Domestic tag flights between international services on Jetstar Airbus A330 flights are in contention with Senator Nick Xenophon. The prospect of the government banning foreign cabin crew on domestic flights, as reported in some outlets, would be a bold step–but if only it were true.In reality the private bill Independent Senator for South Australia Nick […]

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Before grounding Tiger showed signs of growing up

A cub no more? Before the Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded Tiger Airways effective 1 July, the carrier was showing signs of operational maturity, although Tiger’s two low approaches in June and its subsequent grounding clearly indicate the safety side of the airline was deficient.The positive operational signs were coming via a series of network […]

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Tiger to resume services to only 5 cities?

Tiger’s reservation system on the home page now shows the carrier only offers flights from Melbourne to five cities, a sharp decrease from the 14 routes the carrier planned to be operating prior to its grounding.The Navitaire-powered service shows Tiger flying in Australia only from Melbourne to Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, and Sydney (right).Apparently […]

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One way or another, Tiger Australia service resumption in sight

Soon opening for business again? The Civil Aviation Safety Authority now believes Tiger Airways Australia is nearing a position to safely resume services.Yesterday the safety regulator indicated it had concluded its basic investigation of Tiger as it gave the carrier a set of undisclosed conditions, some of which Tiger must comply with before resuming services […]

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Tiger ban likely to be lifted this week

Signs are strong that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is nearing satisfaction with a turn around at Tiger Airways and could early this week lift the grounding it imposed at the start of the month for a week and then extended until 1 August.CASA finally seems satisfied with the seriousness Tiger has taken to its […]

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Appointing ex-Qantas safety boss won’t alone fix Tiger’s problems

Tiger Australia chief executive Tony Davis will be receiving safety advice from Chris Manning. How will the two work together? Tiger Airways Australia is further showing how serious it is about improving its safety tract, deficiencies in which led it be grounded on 2 July, by appointing former Qantas chief pilot Chris Manning to the […]

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CASA: Tiger show cause notice too ‘damaging’ to be released

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has rejected a freedom of information request to release the show cause notice (SCN) to Tiger Airways Australia, saying the contents could harm the grounded carrier’s public perception.CASA and Tiger have only said the 23 March SCN covers areas including oversight of maintenance and pilot training.“The allegations made in the […]

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Safety reports into Tiger altitude busts covering up larger issues

Issuing a report after investigating an incident is a necessary part of aviation safety, but last week provided a delusional sense of conclusion.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau report in question was the preliminary investigation into the 7 June incident of Tiger Airways descending below minimum safe altitude, the first of two incidents last month. In […]

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Tiger Australia chief resigns, but does it change anything?

Tiger Australia managing director Crawford Rix last November. He will now exit stage left by 31 July. A quick succession of events on Wednesday evening concluded with Tiger Airways Australia managing director Crawford Rix resigning effective the end of the month after a year on the job.Hours earlier the Civil Aviation Safety Authority announced its […]

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