Tiger Airways Australian Fleet Grounded; New CEO Announced

Reuters is reporting that the CEO of Tiger Airways' Australian operations, Crawford Rix, will leave the company by the end of the month.

Tony Davis, the group President and CEO of the airline's parent company, Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd, will be appointed CEO of Tiger Airways Australia, according to a statement.

Australia grounded Tiger's domestic flights in Australia on safety grounds on July 2, the first time a carrier's entire fleet has been grounded in the country. (Qantas grounded only its A380 jets last year due to engine safety concerns.) On Wednesday, Australia's air safety regulator said it would seek a court order to keep budget carrier Tiger Airways grounded in the country until August 1.

Tiger said it would not oppose the period of extension of its suspension and has been in talks with Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority, or CASA, for early resumption of its service.

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