Tigerair Taiwan

Tigerair Taiwan (Chinese: 臺灣虎航; pinyin: Táiwān Hǔháng) is a low-cost carrier (LCC) based at Taoyuan International Airport. It was formed as a joint venture between China Airlines Group and Budget Aviation Holdings.

Tigerair Taiwan
Tigerair Taiwan logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
IT TTW SMART CAT
Founded2013; 10 years ago (2013)
Commenced operations26 September 2014; 8 years ago (2014-09-26)
HubsTaoyuan International Airport
Fleet size15
Destinations23
Parent companyChina Airlines Group (100%)[1]
Headquarters

No3., Alley 123, Lane 405, Tunghwa N. Rd., Taipei, 10548. Taiwan

Key people
  • Kevin Chen
    (Chairman)
  • Steve Chang
    (General Manager)
  • Dennis Lai
    (COO)
  • Tina Wang
    (CFO)
Websitewww.tigerairtw.com

Prior to 2016, China Airlines held 80 percent of the share while Budget Aviation Holdings and Mandarin Airlines each held 10 percent.[2] In 2017, as Tigerair Singapore merged into Scoot, CAPA reported that China Airlines had purchased Budget Aviation Holdings' 10% stake, leaving China Airlines and its subsidiary Mandarin Airlines as joint owners of the airline.[3] It is the only LCC in Taiwan following the collapse of TransAsia Airways and V Air in 2016 and also the only airline left with Tigerair branding, as Tigerair Australia and the rest had ceased operations by end of 2020.

HistoryEdit

Taiwan was the last major market in Asia to not have a low-cost carrier (LCC). In early 2013, China Airlines and Transasia Airways became the first Taiwanese carriers to express interest in forming an LCC. The further reduction in entry barriers by the Civil Aeronautics Administration made it favorable for the creation of LCCs.

In October 2013, China Airlines chairman Sun Hung-Hsiang announced that the airline was in talks with a foreign LCC to start an LCC based in Taiwan. The partnership was made public in December 2013 when China Airlines created a new joint venture with Singaporean low-cost carrier Tigerair to establish Tigerair Taiwan. As part of the deal, China Airlines would hold a 90 percent share in the new carrier with Tiger Airways Holdings owning the other 10 percent. In March 2014, China Airlines subsidiary Mandarin Airlines took over 10% of its parent company's share in Tigerair Taiwan.

In September 2014, Tigerair Taiwan received an Air Operator's Certificate from the Civil Aeronautics Administration. The airline then commenced operations on 26 September 2014, with the first flight being from Taoyuan International Airport to Changi Airport.

LiveryEdit

 
Tigerair Taiwan Airbus A320-200

All Tigerair Taiwan aircraft wear the Tigerair group livery along while having the words "TAIWAN" painted onto the rear of the fuselage. The airline is the first international carrier to have the word 'Taiwan' as part of a corporate livery or a company name.[2]

DestinationsEdit

Tigerair Taiwan serves the following destinations:[4]

Country / Region City Airport Notes Refs
Japan Asahikawa Asahikawa Airport [4]
Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport [4][5]
Hanamaki Hanamaki Airport [4]
Ibaraki Ibaraki Airport [4]
Komatsu Komatsu Airport [4]
Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport [4][5]
Naha Naha Airport [4][6]
Niigata Niigata Airport Begins 17 January 2023 [7][8]
Okayama Okayama Airport [4][9]
Osaka Kansai International Airport [4][10]
Saga Saga Airport [4]
Sapporo New Chitose Airport [4]
Sendai Sendai Airport [4][11]
Tokyo Haneda Airport [4][12]
Narita International Airport [4][13]
Macau Macau Macau International Airport [4]
Philippines Cebu Mactan–Cebu International Airport Terminated [14]
Kalibo Kalibo International Airport [4]
Puerto Princesa Puerto Princesa International Airport [4][15]
South Korea Busan Gimhae International Airport [4][16]
Daegu Daegu International Airport [4][17]
Jeju Jeju International Airport [4][18]
Seoul Incheon International Airport [4]
Taiwan Kaohsiung Kaohsiung International Airport [4]
Taichung Taichung International Airport [4]
Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Hub [4][19]
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport [4]
Vietnam Da Nang Da Nang International Airport Begins 24 December 2022 [20]

FleetEdit

As of July 2022, the Tigerair Taiwan fleet consists of the following aircraft:[21]

Tigerair Taiwan fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 11 180 To be phased out from 2023.
To be replaced by Airbus A320neo.
Airbus A320neo 4 11[22] 180 Delivery starts in March 2021.
Total 15 11

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chen, Ted. "Tigerair Taiwan Returned to Profit Last Month: CAL." Tigerair Taiwan Returned to Profit Last Month: CAL Taipei Times, 16 Feb. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017
  2. ^ a b Shih, Kai-Chin (20 September 2014). "LCC War Kicks Off In Taiwan: Tigerair Taiwan and V Air Ready To Take To The Skies". talkairlines. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Tigerair Singapore 2017 outlook: fleet expansion resumes as brand disappears, transit traffic grows". Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z "Destinations". Tigerair Taiwan.
  5. ^ a b "Tigerair Taiwan Adds Fukuoka / Nagoya Service from late-Jan 2016".
  6. ^ "tigerair Taiwan to Start Taipei - Okinawa Service from late-June 2015". Airlineroute.net. 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Tigerair Taiwan planning Niigata service from Mar-2020 | Corporate Travel Community". 8 November 2019.
  8. ^ "TIGERAIR TAIWAN ADDS NIIGATA SERVICE FROM MID-JAN 2023". Aeroroutes. 9 December 2022.
  9. ^ "tigerair Taiwan Adds Okayama Service from July 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Tigerair Taiwan to Start Taipei - Osaka Service from July 2015". Airlineroute.net. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  11. ^ "tigerair Taiwan Plans Sendai Service from late-June 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  12. ^ "tigerair Taiwan to Start Taipei Taoyuan - Tokyo Haneda Flights from late-Dec 2015". Airlineroute.net. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  13. ^ "台灣虎航4月2日開航桃園-東京成田". CNYES.com. CNYES.com. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Tigerair Taiwan announces Cebu-Taipei flights with seat sale". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  15. ^ "AVIATION: Tigerair to launch direct flights to Palawan Island - Taipei Times". 9 April 2019.
  16. ^ "tigerair Taiwan plans Busan launch in Jan 2017". Routes. routesonline. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  17. ^ "tigerair Taiwan Adds Taipei – Daegu Service from May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  18. ^ "tigerair Taiwan adds Jeju flights from Mar 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Tigerair Taiwan destinations".
  20. ^ "TIGERAIR TAIWAN EXPANDS SOUTHEAST ASIA NETWORK FROM DEC 2022". AeroRoutes. 22 November 2022.
  21. ^ "Tigerair Taiwan Fleet Details and history". Planespotters. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  22. ^ "Tigerair Taiwan selects A320neo for fleet renewal".