Tiger Airways’ domestic debut this Friday is coming down to the wire. The issuing of its Air Operator’s Certificate or AOC depends on a review now underway of test flights it made yesterday, between Melbourne and the Gold Coast and in night time conditions to Launceston, with Civil Aviation Safety Authority examiners on board.

While the Singapore owned carrier is expected to win last minute approval of its AOC in time for the inaugural passenger carrying services to Rockhampton, Mackay and the Gold Coast from Melbourne this Friday, CASA says the review has to be satisfactorily completed for this to occur.