Seair to adopt Tiger Airways model, leverage on strengths

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Philippine carrier Seair will adopt shareholder Tiger Airways' low-cost model and leverage on its strengths, after splitting its regional and cargo operations into a separate carrier.

The new carrier, Seair International, commenced its first commercial flight on 7 December, and operates a fleet of three Dornier 328 turboprops, one Let L-410 aircraft and a Boeing 737-200 freighter.

With the split, Seair will concentrate on operating point-to-point domestic and international services within a five-hour flying radius, says a Tiger spokesman.

"Seair will concentrate on growing its domestic and international network to bring more choices to our customers. There are currently no plans for cooperation between the two carriers [Seair and Seair International], however we are always open to exploring business opportunities as and when they arise in the future," he adds.

Seair, which operates two Airbus A319s and three A320 aircraft, will progressively grow its fleet in tandem with the route network, although details are still being worked out, adds the spokesman.