re-launch last week of Mandala Airlines. The carrier had ceased operations last January but is now back thanks to Saratoga Capital (a local private equity company which owns a 51% share of the revamped carrier) and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, which has invested and now owns 33% of Mandala. As a result the airline’s web presence is integrated into the Tiger Airways website with the slogan “Mandala partner airline of Tiger Airways”. In a modest start to operations, just three routes have been announced so far, all of which face considerable competition from existing carriers.
|Launch date||Route||WF||Competition (WF)|
|5 April 2012||Jakarta (CGK) – Medan (MES)||7||Lion Air (133), Garuda (70), Batavia (21), Sriwijaya Air (21)|
|20 April 2012||Medan (MES) – Singapore (SIN)||7||Silk Air (14), Valuair (6)|
|4 May 2012||Jakarta (CGK) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL)||7||Malaysia Airlines (42), Indonesia AirAsia (28), AirAsia (21), Garuda Indonesia (21), Lion Air (14)|
|Source: airline website and OAG Max Online for w/c 2 April 2012|
The airline will use A320s, consistent with the fleet used by Tiger Airways for its operations in both Singapore and Australia.