Indonesia’s Mandala Airlines re-launches as partner airline of Tiger Airways with three routes

Happy faces as the Indonesian low-cost airline Mandala Airlines relaunched, this time in partnership with Tiger Airways of Singapore. Chin Yau Seng, CEO Tiger Airways, celebrated with Sandiaga Uno, CEO Saratoga Capital; Michael Coltman, President Director of Mandala Airlines; and Susie Charma, Mandala Airlines’ Head of Communication. The airline starts with three busy trunk routes; one domestic and two international.

Mandala, partner airline of tiger airwaysIndonesia’s vibrant aviation scene has welcomed back a former player with the 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.

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