Singapore Airlines has dropped its short-haul low-cost carrier (LCC) brand Tigerair, merging the airline into mid- to long-haul LCC Scoot.

“With this final milestone in the integration process, the airlines will begin operating under a common license, or air operator's certificate (AOC). Consequently, the flight designator code for Scoot flights will be changed from the current TZ to TR, the code currently used for Tigerair flights. All flight schedules remain unchanged,” Scoot and Tigerair parent company Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH) said.

The two LCCs were brought together as subsidiaries of BAH in May 2016 with a view to closer cooperation. BAH is, in turn, 100% owned by Singapore Airlines Group. Since then, the two airlines have been working to integrate their reservation systems, flight schedules and connections, conditions of carriage, check-in counters and call centers. Those integrations have now been completed.

Scoot and Tigerair offer a combined network of 60 destinations, spanning 17 Asia-Pacific countries. Scoot has an all-Boeing 787 fleet, while Tigerair is an Airbus A320-family operator.

“Currently, destinations such as Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei will continue to be operated on both 787 and A320 aircraft,” BAH said. “As part of the integration, the Airbus A320-family aircraft currently operated by Tigerair will also be dressed in Scoot’s livery … the repainting will be carried out progressively and is expected to be completed by mid-2018.” Cabin crew uniforms will also be changed.

As part of the merger, which remains subject to final regulatory approval, the two airlines’ activities will move to a single call center, app and website. The existing Scoot-Tigerair check-in counters will also reflect a single Scoot brand.

Scoot has carried over 7 million passengers since it launched in June 2012. The airline serves Sydney, the Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, Perth, Osaka, Kaohsiung, Hangzhou, Melbourne, Guangzhou, Jeddah, Chennai, Amritsar, Sapporo, Dalian and Athens.

“We are looking forward to taking the brand further and offering guests a seamless travel experience throughout Scoot’s expanded network, with the completion of our integration into a single airline,” BAH CEO Lee Lik Hsin said.

Both airlines are part of regional LCC body, the Value Alliance.

Victoria Moores