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  1. TIGER Airways Australia has been given permission to start flying again but will be required to observe strict conditions and is limited to 18 flights per day for the rest of this month. The airline will be under increased supervision by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. CASA chief John McCormick warned that failure to meet the conditions would be treated seriously. Tiger said it would resume flights on the Melbourne-Sydney route on Friday, with tickets going on sale today. Other routes will be announced shortly. A simplified flying program would also see it reduce its Australian fleet from 10 to eight aircraft, with two planes being redeployed overseas. It would also close its bases at Adelaide and Avalon, near Geelong, and offer staff the opportunity to redeploy to Melbourne. Passengers already booked to fly from Friday will be told of changes and offered a range of options, including a penalty-free transfer to another flight, or a refund if their flight is not operating. The decision to allow the airline to return to the air comes after its grounding almost six weeks ago, when CASA formed the view it was a serious and imminent threat to safety. The grounding followed two incidents in which Tiger pilots flew too low in the approach to Melbourne airports in June. During its grounding, all of Tiger's pilots underwent additional training and the airline has been required to significantly improve its records-keeping. Today's conditions cover areas such as pilot training and proficiency, pilot rostering and fatigue, currency and revision of operational manuals. The airline has also been required to improve its change management process, appoint additional qualified personnel to key positions and amend its safety management system. Mr McCormick, who declared he would personally be prepared to fly on the airline, said Tiger had demonstrated it could comply with the conditions and meet the necessary safety requirements. “On that basis, CASA now believes allowing Tiger Airways Australia to resume operations is acceptable,” he said in Brisbane. “Tiger Airways has co-operated with CASA's investigation and is to be credited for a constructive approach. “CASA will be closely monitoring the operations of Tiger Airways through scheduled surveillance and regular spot checks. We will also be meeting regularly with the airline to review ongoing safety performance and compliance with the conditions on the airline's operations. “Any failure to comply with these conditions will be taken seriously.” Mr McCormick said he hoped Tiger's public image had not been damaged beyond repair.
  2. The Pom Queen

    Tiger Airways Ban Lifted

    Although they are limited to 18 flights this month. We were hoping they would come back because they offer deals to Melbourne from $1 to $99 the problem is I think they are taking cairns off their flight path which seems silly as every single flight use to be booked out
  3. The Pom Queen

    Tiger Airlines

    Has anyone heard if they are going to make a comeback, I hope they are for us in the FNQ. They were the only company to do cheap specials to and from Cairns, the others charge triple. The last I heard was they were refunding all monies for tickets booked in August (which doesn't sound good):cry: I know the grounding is only suppose to be until the 31st July but it looks like it could be longer. K x
  4. The Pom Queen

    Tiger Airways Grounded

    We have flown with them numerous times and have been happy with the service. This has just been announced.:chatterbox: The aviation regulator says it has lost confidence in Tiger Airways' ability to manage its safety after a series of events, culminating in the grounding of the airline's Australian flights. All Tiger Airways Australia's domestic flights were today suspended for a week, until July 9. It's the first time the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has grounded an entire airline. Advertisement: Story continues below Holiday blues: Tiger's Australian wing has taken a beating. Tiger's Australian wing has been grounded by CASA while a safety probe continues. Photo: Craig Abraham CASA said it took the action because it believed permitting the airline to continue to fly posed a serious and imminent risk to air safety. CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said the action was not taken lightly and was the culmination of a number of events this year. "All on top of each other, (they) add up to a position where the Civil Aviation Safety Authority has lost confidence in Tiger's ability to manage safety appropriately," Mr Gibson said. "The last thing CASA wants to do is put airlines on the ground and inconvenience the travelling public but safety has to come first." CASA had issued Tiger with a show cause notice in March, centred on aircraft maintenance, pilot proficiency and the competency of the airline's overall safety management system. The authority then imposed a number of conditions on Tiger's air operator's certificate, requiring actions to improve pilot proficiency and training and checking processes as well as changes to fatigue management. It also required improvements to maintenance control and ongoing airworthiness systems and ensuring appropriately qualified people fill management and operational positions. Since then pilots have twice flown too low into Melbourne airports: an Airbus A320 on approach into Melbourne Airport on June 7 and another, also an A320, into Avalon airport late on Thursday night. "It's not so much the mistakes in themselves, the individual mistakes of the pilots, it's the pattern you're seeing of safety issues arising over and over again within the airline," Mr Gibson said. Tiger said it continues to cooperate fully with the industry regulator and safety underpins its operations at all times. CASA has to decide in the next week whether it will go to the Federal Court to seek an extension of the grounding. Mr Gibson said Tiger can put a case for getting back in the air to the regulator. "This is a period for essentially natural justice for Tiger to be able to put their side to us and for us to consider that, and if not go to the court and let the court decide," Mr Gibson said. Mr Gibson said CASA regretted that the action coincided with the start of school holidays in NSW and Victoria. The suspension came into effect at 11pm yesterday and is effective for five working days, meaning at this stage it runs until Saturday, July 9. It's the first time CASA has grounded an entire fleet. It grounded Ansett's 767 fleet of 10 aircraft in April 2001 and seven of the jets in December 2000. Ansett was Australia's second largest airline when it was placed in voluntary administration the day after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US in 2001. In a statement on its website, Tiger said it was "doing all it can to minimise passenger disruption" for passengers. The airline advised passengers with bookings not to travel to airports and said passengers would be offered a full refund or credit for deferred travel. "The airline apologises for any inconvenience to its passengers," the statement said. "Tiger Airways is committed to resolving the issue, assisting CASA and to resuming services as soon as possible." Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/aviation-watchdog-lost-confidence-in-troubled-tiger-20110702-1gvse.html#ixzz1QuRvrOup
  5. Guest

    Tiger Airways Sale!

    Be quick $30 one way for the month of May! Tiger Airways
  6. suzer

    Tiger airlines?

    Has anyone used it? What do you think? We're flying them to Hobart from Adelaide and they actually charge extra to reserve seats ahead of time lol, plus they're giving a check in time 2 hours ahead of the flight. I'm a bit new to the world of budget airlines, but it's a crack up.
  7. Guest

    Tiger Airways

    For those that are here or know when they will be, we booked flights last night with tiger Welcome to Tiger Airways for our hols on the gold coast in March. $49.00 each way Melbourne to Gold Coast. Such a bargain we are now staying 15 nights instead of 10!! Lesley