Tiger Airways changes name to Tigerair

TIGER Airways is no more, with the low-cost airline changing its name to Tigerair and dumping its leaping-tiger logo.

Ahead of its joint venture with Virgin Australia, Tigerair will on Wednesday unveil a newly-redecorated jet at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.

Tigerair travels between Melbourne, Sydney and regional centres including Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast in Queensland and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

Tiger Airways was left with a tarnished reputation after a history of late-arrivals and delays ended with a six week grounding by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in 2011.

The airline was banned from flying after CASA deemed records of pilot training, aircraft maintenance to be either missing or unfinished.

Tigerair chief executive Rob Sharp said those days were gone.

"Tigerair is already heading in the right direction, we've come a long way over the past two years," Mr Sharp said.

Virgin Australia is set to take a 60% stake in its competitor, in a deal worth $35.million.


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