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Tigerair Taiwan set to begin operations

2 Sep 2014 by Clement Huang

Tigerair Taiwan looks set to take to the skies later this month with its maiden flight from Taipei to Singapore taking place on September 26.

As reported previously by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific (see here), the new airline is a joint venture between Singapore’s low-cost carrier Tigerair and China Airlines, and the first ‘local’ LCC brand to operate out of Taiwan.

Tigerair Taiwan has taken delivery of the first of three ordered Airbus A320 Monday, but is expecting to increase the fleet to 12 aircraft by end-2016.

Eric Lee, a Tigerair Taiwan spokesperson talking to AFP, said the low-cost carrier plans to launch new routes towards the end of the year, and will be looking to begin flights to both South Korea and Japan in early 2015.

“The arrival of the plane is a milestone in the company's operation. We'd open up to three other flight routes to the South-east Asian region after October,” said Lee.

The budget airline market in Mainland China and Taiwan remains at a nascent stage compared to many other Asian regions. Shanghai’s Spring Airlines is currently the only China-operated no-frills carrier, while 12 foreign budget airlines offer services to and from Taiwan. Hong Kong is served by 18 LCCs.

However, Tigerair Taiwan’s role as the sole LCC in Taiwan will be short-lived, as fellow domestic carrier TransAsia Airways’ upcoming LCC brand “V air” looks set to become operational by the end of the year.

For more information, visit tigerair.com and china-airlines.com

Clement Huang

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