Thai Airways Forms New Low Cost Carrier With Tiger Airways

The skies above Southeast Asia will soon see another airline join the ranks of the existing players. Thai Airways has announced it will be entering into a new joint venture with Singapore-based Tiger Airways to launch Thai Tiger Airways, a new low cost carrier with operations planned to commence in January 2011 out of Suvarnabhumi International Airport.


Pending regulatory approval, the new carrier will fly domestic and international routes within a 5-hour flying radius using a fleet of 180-seat Airbus A320 jets. Amongst the destinations being considered are points in North Asia and the Indian subcontinent, while the airline’s network will be designed to avoid overlaps with that of its parent Thai Airways.


Thai Tiger Airways’ entry into the Thai low cost carrier market will see increased competition for rivals 1-2-GO, Thai AirAsia and Nok Air, which Thai Airways also owns a stake in. The airline will also become the third member of Tiger Airways Holdings, after the group’s 2 airlines in Singapore and Australia.


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