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Tigerair Taiwan flights to Singapore from NT$888
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-09-01 05:14 PM
Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan, a joint venture between Taiwan's China Airlines (CAL) and Singapore's Tiger Airways, said Monday that it expects to start operation on September 26 and to become Taiwan's first domestic low-cost carrier. The carrier has come to the last stage before starting operation and is expected to obtain an Air Operator Certificate from the Civil Aeronautics Administration within two weeks.

Starting from noon Tuesday, a total of 10,000 Singapore-bound one-way tickets are open for registration, each will be priced at NT$888 (US$30) with airport departure tax and bunker surcharge included. The special-price ticket can be used from the date of launch and will expire on March 28, 2015.

The tax-inclusive airfare for a return trip starts from NT$1,450, meaning a round trip between Taipei and Singapore will cost each passenger only NT$2,328, about half the market price of this kind, under such a special offer.

Flights will depart for Singapore at 10 a.m. every day, while return flights are scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Singapore time, said carrier CEO Kwan Yue.

Besides Singapore, Tigerair Taiwan is planning to expand its flight network to Northeast Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea in the near future. After the arrival of its first A320 jet last week, the carrier will likely get a second one within two months and eventually have 12 of the aircraft within three years, he said.

“Whether a low-cost carrier can make a profit will depend on its fleet size to create an economy of scale,” Kwan said, expressing hope that Tigerair Taiwan can become profitable in its second year of operation.

Last December, China Airlines and Tiger Airways agreed to set up Tigerair Taiwan to tap into the budget airline business. CAL holds a 90 percent stake with an investment of NT$1.8 billion in the new carrier, which has paid in capital of NT$2 billion.

The carrier chose Singapore as its first destination as it hopes to capitalize on Tiger Airway's connections and resources in Singapore to offer more flexible flight destinations to passengers, Kwan said.

There are currently 13 low-cost carriers operating in Taiwan, with V Air, which was established last November as a subsidiary of Taiwan's TransAsia Airways, likely to enter the market in the fourth quarter of this year as planned despite a TransAsia aircraft crash . Instead of introducing a new fleet, V Air is going to lease aircraft from its parent company.

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