Tiger picks BMIbaby's Rix to head Australian operations

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Singapore's Tiger Airways has appointed UK low-cost carrier BMIbaby's Crawford Rix as the new managing director for its Australian operations.

Rix, who is managing director at BMIbaby, will succeed Shelley Roberts at Tiger, says the Singapore-based low-cost carrier.

"We are delighted that Crawford will be joining us later in the year. With his experience and track record, he will be a great asset to the business," says Tiger's president and CEO Tony Davis, who was also BMIbaby's managing director before he joined Tiger in 2004.

Rix, who will report to Davis, has over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, working at several UK airlines including Dan-Air, British Midland and BMI Regional.

"During his four years as managing director at BMIbaby, he brought the airline to the top position in the UK in terms of reliability and punctuality among low cost carriers," says Tiger,

The carrier will announce Rix's start date in the future, and he will relocate to Melbourne over the coming months, says the airline.

"Shelley has established Tiger Airways Australia as a major national airline, and led it from infancy to profitability. After completing her hand-over to Crawford, she intends to take a well deserved break," says the carrier.

Tiger recently embarked on a plan to expand its operations, and aims to start new routes and increase its fleet size. It launched an initial public offering in January to fund new aircraft acquisitions and its network expansion.