Tiger Airways, which has completed the acquisition of a 33% stake in the carrier, said it Mandala Airlines would seek to regain its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) by February after which flight sales will commence ahead of the resumption of flights in April 2012.
In January 2011, Mandala grounded all its flights due to debts, leading Tiger and investment company the Saratoga Group to step in last May to acquire the bulk of the company's shares.
The restructured airline will adopt the Tiger Airways business model, and plans to offer low fare travel to international and domestic Indonesian destinations within a five hour flying radius, Tiger said.
Tiger Airways CEO Chin Yau Seng, said: “We are excited about the re-launch of Mandala’s operations once its AOC has been reactivated. Mandala is the first of Tiger Airways’ joint venture “Cubs” and represents a significant step in our efforts to expand our “paw-print” in this region.”