All Tiger Airways Australian division flights have been cancelled following the grounding of the airline by CASA at 2300 eastern time last night.

TIGER AIRWAYS AUSTRALIA SUSPENDED

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has suspended the operations of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd with immediate effect from Saturday 2 July 2011.

This action has been taken because CASA believes permitting the airline to continue to fly poses a serious and imminent risk to air safety.

The suspension of Tiger Airways Australia follows the issue of a show cause notice to the airline in March 2011.

Taking Tiger Airways Australia’s response to this show cause notice into account, CASA subsequently imposed a number of conditions on the airline’s air operator’s certificate.

These conditions required actions to improve the proficiency of Tiger Airways Australia’s pilots, improvements to pilot training and checking processes, changes to fatigue management, improvements to maintenance control and ongoing airworthiness systems and ensuring appropriately qualified people fill management and operational positions.

CASA has been closely monitoring the operations of Tiger Airways Australia throughout 2011, with surveillance undertaken at a range of locations.

Since Tiger Airways Australia was served the show cause notice there have been further events raising concerns about the airline’s ability to continue to conduct operations safely.

In the circumstances, CASA no longer has confidence in the ability of Tiger Airways Australia to satisfactorily address the safety issues that have been identified.

The suspension is in force immediately for an initial five working days, during which time CASA must apply to the Federal Court for an extension of the grounding.

If the Federal Court supports CASA’s application the court can continue the suspension for a period of time which will allow CASA to finalise investigations into the safety matters.

CASA will provide additional information on Saturday 2 July 2011.

Tiger Airways Australia has a fleet of 10 Airbus A320s with each fitted with up to 180 seats, the maximum number permitted on that type of airliner.

The grounding is unprecedented in jet airliner operations in Australia.

The preceding posts in Plane Talking provide additional information concerning the events that lead to the AOC suspension involving jets that were flown below the safe minimum altitude during night approaches to Melbourne Airport on June 7 and to Avalon Airport on Thursday, June 30.

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