Tigerair Australia commence Bali flights using 737-800s: 23 March 2016

23 March 2016 – © David Eyre

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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VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport - Wed 23 March 2016.
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport – Wed 23 March 2016.
The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service from Denpasar to Perth as
Flight TZ24 on finals for runway 21 at 5:08 pm.
Photo © Keith Anderson. (Photographed using Canon Camera and Lens)
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport - Wed 23 March 2016.
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport – Wed 23 March 2016.
The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service from Denpasar to Perth as
Flight TZ24 on finals for runway 21 at 5:08 pm.
Photo © Keith Anderson. (Photographed using Canon Camera and Lens)
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport - Wed 23 March 2016.
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport – Wed 23 March 2016.
The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service from Denpasar to Perth as
Flight TZ24 on finals for runway 21 at 5:08 pm.
Photo © Keith Anderson. (Photographed using Canon Camera and Lens)
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport - Wed 23 March 2016. The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service from Denpasar to Perth. Flight TZ24 arriving at Bay 152 from Denpasar at 5:17pm. It departed as TT19 back to Denpasar at 7:23pm. Photo © Jim Woodrow
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport – Wed 23 March 2016.
The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service from Denpasar to Perth. Flight TZ24 arriving at Bay 152 from Denpasar at 5:17pm. It departed as TT19 back to Denpasar at 7:23pm.
Photo © Jim Woodrow
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport - Wed 23 March 2016.
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport – Wed 23 March 2016.
The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service between Perth and Denpasar. Sitting at gate 153 after arriving from Bali as Go Cat 24
Photo © Dylan Thomas.
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport - Wed 23 March 2016.
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport – Wed 23 March 2016.
The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service between Perth and Denpasar. Sitting on the apron after push back, prior to taxying out for the return flight back to Bali as Go Cat 19 at 7:16Pm.
Photo © Dylan Thomas.
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport - Wed 23 March 2016. The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service from Perth to Denpasar. Flight TZ19 taking off from runway 21 at 7:23pm. Photo © Marcus Graff
VH-VOR Boeing 737-8FE (MSN 33799/1462) of Tigerair Australia, at Perth Airport – Wed 23 March 2016.
The first visit to Perth by a 737-800 of Tigerair and the first Tigerair Australia service from Perth to Denpasar. Flight TZ19 taking off from runway 21 at 7:23pm.
Photo © Marcus Graff