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Tigerair Taiwan to offer local dishes on its flights
Central News Agency
2014-09-01 10:48 PM
Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Tigerair Taiwan, a low-cost carrier joint venture between Taiwan's China Airlines and Singapore's Tiger Airways, said Monday that its inflight menu will include Taiwanese dishes, as part of its budget-friendly image. For passengers who book online, the meals will range in price from NT$180 (US$6) to NT$450 for selections such as rice with pork chop, fried rice noodles with pumpkin, and pork belly rice, Tigerair Taiwan said. In addition, localized services will be offered to compete with foreign budget carriers in Taiwan, said the airline's spokesman Eric Lee. These will include Taiwan-based customer service centers that will have Mandarin, Taiwanese and English language options, Lee said. The free luggage allowance will be two carry-on pieces totaling no more than 10 kilograms, and passengers will have the option of paying NT$650 for each 15 kg of checked baggage, according to the airline. Online booking will open at noon Sept. 2, offering more than 10,000 one-way tickets to Singapore at a price of NT$888 per person, said the airline, which is Taiwan's first budget carrier. 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. There are 13 low-cost carriers operating in Taiwan currently, with V Air, which was established last November as a low-cost subsidiary of Taiwan's TransAsia Airways, likely to enter the market later this year. (By Angela Tsai and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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