Tigerair Australia today commenced operating ex-Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800s, with first services between Denpasar (Bali) and Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide.
VH-VOR operated the first Tigerair 737 revenue service, flying from Melbourne to Denpasar as flight TT1, with the return leg to Melbourne operated by VH-VOY.
VH-VOR departed Denpasar at 2:00pm as flight TT24 to Perth, arriving on runway 21 at 5:12pm. It parked at Bay 152 at 5:17pm. The aircraft departed back to Denpasar at 7:23pm as flight TT19, arriving in Denpasar around 10:36pm.
Three 737-800s (VH-VOR, VH-VOY and VH-VUB) were transferred from Virgin Australia to its wholly-owned low-cost subsidiary Tigerair Australia, to take over from Virgin Australia on flights between Australia and Denpasar. The aircraft have been repainted into Tigerair livery and reconfigured with an all-economy class 180-seat layout and a mix of free or paid wireless in-flight entertainment, which passengers can use on their own electronic devices. Tigerair Australia previously operated an all Airbus A320 fleet of 14 aircraft.
Tigerair Australia will operate daily return flights to Denpasar from Perth and Melbourne, plus five weekly return flights from Adelaide. The 737s are operated under the Virgin Australia International Airlines’ Air Operator’s Certificate and flown by Virgin pilots, but using Tigerair cabin crew. The airline promoted Perth-Bali airfares starting from $89 one-way, for travel during 25 October to 14 December 2016.
Indonesia recently announced that it was waving the $50 visa entry fee for Australians visiting Bali, but the implementation date has not yet been decided.
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