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Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority
(CASA) suspended the operations of low-
cost carrier Tiger Airways Australia, with
immediate effect from Saturday, 2 July 2011,
saying the carrier posed a "serious and
imminent risk to air safety".
As Asian Aviation went to press, the agency
had applied on 7 July to the Federal Court
in Melbourne to extend the initial five-
working-day suspension until 1 August. As
CASA announced its intention to make the
application, Tiger Airways Australia revealed
that its Chief Executive Officer Crawford Rix
would leave the airline at the end
of the month.
Rix's duties will be taken over
by Tony Davis, Group President
and CEO of the airline's parent,
Tiger Airways Holdings. Davis'
former duties will be passed
on to the parent company's
Executive Director Chin Yau
Seng, although Davis will remain
a director of Tiger Airways
"Tiger Airways has been
working constructively with
CASA for the past five days
to establish a plan for the
resumption of our services and
will not oppose the period of extension,"
the carrier said in a statement on 6 July.
"The airline remains committed to resuming
services as quickly as possible."
CASA says it requested the extension
because its investigations into the airline
would not be completed within the initial
five-day suspension period. Operations could
be allowed to resume earlier than August if
the airline successfully demonstrates that it is
no longer a safety risk, the agency says.
Issuing the initial suspension, CASA said:
"This action has been taken because CASA
believes permitting the airline to continue
to fly poses a serious and imminent risk to
air safety. The suspension of Tiger Airways
Australia follows the issue of a show-cause
notice to the airline in March 2011."
CASA subsequently imposed a number
of conditions on the airline's air operator's
certificate (AOC), requiring the airline
to: improve the proficiency of its pilots;
improve pilot training and checking
processes; change its fatigue-management
policies; improve maintenance control
and ongoing airworthiness systems; and
ensure appropriately qualified people fill
management and operational positions.
"CASA has been closely monitoring
the operations of Tiger Airways Australia
throughout 2011, with surveillance
undertaken at a range of locations," the
agency says. "Since Tiger Airways Australia
was served the show cause notice, there have
been further events raising concerns about
the airline's ability to continue to conduct
operations safely. In the circumstances,
CASA no longer has confidence in the ability
of Tiger Airways Australia to satisfactorily
address the safety issues that have been
identified."-- Andrzej Jeziorski
CASA grounds Tiger Airways Australia over safety risks
Tony Tyler, the former chief executive officer
of Cathay Pacific Airways, has taken over
from Giovanni Bisignani as director general
and CEO of the International Air Transport
The appointment was effective from 1
July. Bisignani is staying on as IATA's Director
"Leading IATA is a heavy responsibility,"
Tyler said when the Association officially
announced the change at its recent annual
general meeting in Singapore. "I will be a
strong advocate for all our member airlines.
My goal is to make the world a better place
for airlines to do the important business of
connecting 2.8 billion people and 48 million
tonnes of cargo"
At the same time, IATA announced that
Peter Hartman, president and CEO of
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is taking over as
Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors.
He succeeds David Bronczek, CEO of FedEx
Express, who has completed his one-year
term in the position. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
Tyler takes over leadership of IATA
NEWS IN BRIEF
SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) and Virgin Australia
have signed an agreement that will enable them
to establish a long-term alliance and co-operate
in several operational areas. The two carriers
are proposing to code-share on each other's
international and domestic flights, offer frequent
flyer programme benefits and lounge access
to each other's passengers, conduct joint sales,
marketing and distribution activities, and co-
ordinate schedules to optimise flight connections.
The alliance will connect SIA's international
network to Virgin's Australian and Pacific
destinations. SIA's network will offer its partners'
customers access to 70 additional destinations,
while the Singapore carrier's passengers will gain
access to 30 new destinations. The airlines are
applying to regulatory authorities for approval for
Tony Tyler (left) has succeeded
Giovanni Bisignani (right)
6 AsianAviation | JULY-AUGUST 2011
CASA said Tiger Airways Australia posed a
"serious and imminent risk to air safety".
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