Monday, July 4, 2011

Tiger Trouble Downunder

Neelam Mathews
July, 2011

As Australia's aviation regulator looks to apply to the Federal Court to extend the grounding of Tiger Airways Australia, travel mayhem affecting up to 35,000 passengers is to continue for several weeks at least.
The regulator wants a host of management changes and all the airline's pilots requalified in simulators by a third party such as Airbus before it will allow it to fly.
Tiger was grounded late on Friday after two serious safety breaches. An incident at Melbourne's Avalon airport in which a Tiger Airways A320 allegedly descended 900ft below the 2500ft safe minimum height and an allegation the pilots landed without air traffic control permission, is under investigation.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has said it no longer has "confidence in the ability of Tiger Airways Australia to satisfactorily address the safety issues that have been identified".
Rejecting CASA's view Tony Davis, chief executive of Tiger Airways' parent Singapore-based Tiger Airways Holdings, said he was "very disappointed" that the airline had been grounded.
Meanwhile, something positive has come out of this with Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association having called off industrial action that would have hit Qantas flights this week.

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