Tiger Airways and Scoot have agreed an MoU that will see the two carriers interline with DIY connections on selected routes, but with plans to offer a full interline product in the future.
The two carriers had acknowledged that that were holding talks - Tiger is part owned by Scoot's parent company SIA Group, and Scoot flies between Singapore and Australia - both bases for Tiger.
The initial phase of this partnership will see each carrier marketing joint itineraries between Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur, destinations served by Tiger; and Sydney and Gold Coast, served by Scoot. Passengers can purchase a single itinerary for travel from Australia, via Singapore, to Tiger’s destinations.
They will be issued a single ticket that contains all flight details and will have15kg check-in baggage allowance on the interline itinerary.
On arrival in Singapore, passengers will have to pass through immigration and collect their bags before checking into the second leg of their flight.
In the later phase, customers will be able to purchase flight itineraries originating from South East Asia. The airlines will also offer a direct connection process. Customers will be able to proceed with their onward journey without passing through immigration and without having to retrieve their checked baggage.
The two carriers say: "As the cooperation deepens in future, there could be a need for applications for anti-trust immunity, and this will be sought from the relevant regulatory authorities at the appropriate time as required." Tiger has an extensive Australian network that could feed into Scoot.
“This is an exciting development,” said CEO of Scoot, Campbell Wilson, “Both carriers operate highly complementary networks, with Scoot focusing on medium-long haul routes of five or more hours, and Tiger focusing on shorter-haul journeys. Both airlines operate side-by-side at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, and share a common philosophy of offering fuss-free service at unbeatable value.”
“With Tiger’s move to our new den at Changi Airport Terminal 2, it’s the perfect time to leverage the strength of our networks to our customers’ benefits,” said Tiger Airways Group CEO Koay Peng Yen, “Tiger Singapore operates up to 90 flights daily. The joint itineraries and new services that we will be rolling out will greatly expand the travel options for both Tiger and Scoot customers.”