by Adam Dunning February 27th, 2012
The forthcoming Indonesian arm of Tiger Airways will commence service in April, the firm has announced.
Chin Yau Seng, chief executive of Tiger Airways Holdings, which is partly owned by Singapore’s national carrier, said in a statement this week that PT Mendala Airlines would be starting service in about two month’s time and that it would enable Tiger Airways to tap one of the world’s top emerging markets for air travel.
Tiger officials said that Mendala Airlines would by the end of the 2013 financial year boast a fleet size similar to that of Tiger Australia. Tiger had leased two of its cornerstone Airbus A320 jets to the Indonesian carrier just after acquiring a 33 per cent stake in the struggling company earlier this year. And this week Tiger officials said that its application to renew the company’s license had been approved.
Mr Chin would not provide details regarding the carrier’s forthcoming routes but said that the airline would offer a combination of both international and domestic destinations. He went on to say that Mendala would take delivery of a set of 10 A320s from Airbus over the course of the 2012-2013 financial year. Two of the jets will replace those leased from Tiger Airways one they are returned.