Two Tigerair A320s comprising almost one ninth of its single aisle fleet
Two Tigerair A320s comprising almost one ninth of its single aisle fleet

Amid its Brisbane route announcements today Virgin Australia’s Tigerair franchise has moved to provide cheap air travel on the neglected Brisbane-Perth route from June 1 next year.

Problem. That gives Qantas’s much larger Jetstar franchise plenty of opportunity to get in first.

Nevertheless, it could be a valuable route for Tigerair Australia, although questions remain as to how or when the Virgin subsidiary will actually grow its tiny fleet of 17 single aisle jets, three 737-800s used for Bali services and the rest A320s, which are to be replaced by more of the Boeings by 2018, under its parent’s plan for fleet simplification.

At the moment Tigerair seems to shuffling capacity around the country to better meet demands, as well as lift utilisation further.

It will also start a new service between Brisbane and the Whitsunday Coast from late March.

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