Scoot takes delivery of its first A320neo

A320neo Scoot

Scoot, the low cost wing of Singapore Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A320neo in Toulouse, France.
Scoot has placed orders for 39 A320neo aircraft under its fleet renewal programme. The new addition complements the airline’s existing fleet of 27 A320ceo Family aircraft.
Powered by Pratt and Whitney PurePower engines, the new aircraft features 186 seats in Scoot’s configuration. Selected for its outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range, the A320neo will be deployed by Scoot on its services across Asia.
Featuring the widest single aisle cabin in the sky, the A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. With more than 6,100 orders received from over 100 customers, the A320neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent share of the market.
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Tigerair Singapore and Scoot to move to single operating licence

Scoot's first Dreamliner, Boeing 787-9 with registration 9V-OJA during a test flight. (Scoot)

Tigerair Singapore’s colours and livery will be consigned to the history books from the middle of 2017 as its operations are integrated with fellow low-cost carrier Scoot under a single brand and operating licence.

The process of bringing together the operations of Tigerair Singapore and Scoot under the Scoot brand was expected to be “realised” in the second half of 2017, the airlines’ said in a statement on Friday. The single brand covered flight scheduling and connections, a common website, contact centre and check-in counters.

The move continues the coming together of the two carriers – both are already under common management after parent Singapore Airlines (SIA) created a single holding company Budget Aviation Holdings to own and manage the two airlines in May 2016.

After forging an interline agreement in October 2012, the carriers deepened their cooperation when the Competition Commission of Singapore granted anti-trust immunity in August 2014 to work together.

SIA then launched a successful takeover of Tigerair Singapore through purchasing all the shares it did not already own.

The move to 100 per cent ownership allowed closer cooperation between the pair, helping facilitate more transfer traffic between the short-haul Tigerair Singapore and long-haul Scoot.

SIA chief executive and Budget Aviation Holdings chairman Goh Choon Phong said the two low-cost carriers had made “good progress in their integration”.

“The integration has already led to commercial and operational synergies between Scoot and Tigerair that are providing growth opportunities for both airlines, an example being Scoot’s plan to launch its first European service, to Athens, next year,” Goh said in a statement.

“Following a review we have determined that the logical next step is to pursue a common operating licence and common brand identity to enable a more seamless travel experience for customers.”

Budget Aviation Holdings chief executive Lee Lik Hsin said Tigerair would benefit from the “strength of Scoot’s brand for the next phase of its growth”.

“A single brand touchpoint will also enable a more seamless travel experience for guests across our network and allow us to bring Scootitude to more guests in the region,” Lee said

At September 30 2016, Tigerair Singapore had a fleet of 21 Airbus A320 and two A319 narrowbodies flying to 40 destinations in 12 countries.

Meanwhile Scoot had six Boeing 787-8 and six 787-9 Dreamliners serving 24 destinations in 10 countries, including Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia.

Tigerair Australia, which is 100 per cent owned by Virgin Australia, and Tigerair Taiwan, a partnership between China Airlines (80 per cent), Mandarin Airlines (10 per cent) and Tigerair Singapore (10 per cent), were not part of the rebranding.

 

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Scoot launches Boeing 787 on direct Gold Coast-Singapore flights

Scoot launches Boeing 787 on direct Gold Coast-Singapore flights

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot Scoot will bring flying its latest Boeing 787-9 jet to the Gold Coast from Friday May 1st and move to direct flights to Singapore, dropping the route’s current ‘Singapore via Sydney’ triangle which runs several days a week.

The Gold Coast upgrade also makes Australia an ‘all Dreamliner’ market for Scoot, as more of the airline’s ageing Boeing 777s are put out to pasture.

Scoot already flies the Boeing 787 to Perth and Sydney, and the airline’s new Melbourne-Singapore route will launch with five Boeing 787 flights a week from November 1st.

The move from Scoot’s current ageing Boeing 777-200 jets to the all-new Dreamliners will be a substantial upgrade with the Boeing 787 offering a quieter and smoother ride with more comfort and less jetlag.

The airline has also outfitted its new planes with new business class seats and inflight Internet.

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Redeem your SQ KrisFlyer miles for Scoot, Tigerair flights

Redeem your SQ KrisFlyer miles for Scoot, Tigerair flightsRedeem your KrisFlyer miles for ScootBiz, and earn miles here from later this year

 

Travellers can now swap their Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for travel vouchers on Scoot and Singapore-based Tigerair, with redemptions available from just 3,200 KrisFlyer miles.

That’s enough for a S$30 voucher with either airline, while 5,300 miles nets a S$50 voucher. For S$100 worth of travel and to get the best bang for your KrisFlyer buck, simply redeem 10,500 miles.

The vouchers can be used to pay for your fares, ancillary services, convenience fees and booking charge fees, although not other costs such as airport and government fees and taxes, carrier surcharges and call centre fees, which still need to be paid the old-fashioned way.

KrisFlyer members will also be able to earn miles on Scoot and Tigerair (Singapore) flights from later this year, although Tigerair Australia – an affiliate of the Singapore business and now owned by Virgin Australia – isn’t part of the ‘earn and burn’ deal.

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson told Australian Business Traveller earlier this year that the arrangements won’t extend to earning KrisFlyer tier miles or status benefits such as lounge access, as “I don’t want to have any complexity arising from recognition of status tiers or giving free (tier) benefits.”

When asked if Scoot would later consider a closer integration with KrisFlyer, Wilson affirmed that the airline was “never going down that horrible slippery slope, because then you start having Golds wanting something extra, then Silvers and PPS Club members want something extra and it just doesn’t stop.”

Virgin Australia Velocity members can’t redeem their points for Scoot or Tigerair flights – either in Australia or with Tigerair Singapore – although can convert their points into KrisFlyer miles and then redeem them for a travel voucher with either Singapore-based airline.

 

Australian Business Traveller

Scoot brings Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Sydney and Gold Coast

Scoot brings Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Sydney, Gold Coast

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot Scoot could be flying its advanced Boeing 787-9s to Sydney and the Gold Coast as early as April.

The move from Scoot’s current ageing Boeing 777-200 jets to the all-new Dreamliners will be a substantial upgrade with the Boeing 787 offering a quieter and smoother ride with more comfort and less jetlag.

The airline has also outfitted its new planes with new business class seats and inflight Internet.

Speaking on the sidelines of Scoot’s inaugural Boeing 787 flight from Seattle to Singapore, Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson told Australian Business Traveller that the exact timetable was dependent upon Boeing’s delivery schedule and could end up as May rather than April.

“We can’t give specific dates yet because we simply don’t know, and to be fair to Boeing, they also don’t know because there’s lots of parts coming from lots of places,” Wilson said.

“Boeing’s delivery calendar (gives) a roughly two-week window when you know the aircraft will arrive, and it’s only firmed up to be a specific date 30 days before delivery.”

Sydney will be served by the third Boeing 787 to join Scoot’s fleet, with the fourth plane earmarked for the Gold Coast.

Scoot expects to be flying an all-Dreamliner fleet around the middle of this year, with its new Melbourne-Singapore route also seeing the Boeing 787 in November.

Scoot’s first Dreamliner makes its debut today on TZ8 from Singapore to Perth – expected to touch down in the mining capital at 6:15pm local time before returning to the Lion City an hour later as flight TZ7.

Chris Chamberlin travelled to Seattle as a guest of Scoot and Boeing.

Source : Australia Business Traveller

Scoot confirms Perth for Boeing 787 inaugural flight

Scoot confirms Perth for Boeing 787 inaugural flight

Scoot’s first Boeing 787 will fly to Perth, with the airline confirming the WA capital as the Dreamliner’s inaugural destination.

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson says that first flight will take place in “early 2015”, but did not flag the specific date – although it’s tipped to be February 1st.

Hong Kong is also expected to get a Boeing 787 on the same date in a unique “double Dreamliner” launch.

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot has 20 Boeing 787s on order, split into ten of the original Boeing 787-8 and ten of the larger, longer-range 787-9.

The airline will receive only Boeing 787-9s until the middle of 2015, at which point the first of 10 smaller 787-8s will arrive.

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson believes the 787s will gives Scoot the flexibility to launch new routes, or add more flights to existing routes, where economics might not favour its current fleet of larger and less fuel-efficient Boeing 777.

The split between the 787-8 and 787-9 models will also allow more flexibility in juggling passenger numbers on each route.

“They’re operationally interchangeable so there’s no efficiency impact, but the different capacities open more options with respect to network and deployment” Wilson said.

Scoot moves to all-Dreamliner fleet

The airline expects to rapidly expand its Dreamliner fleet in 2015, with delivery of as many as one per month from February to June 2015.

Scoot aims to retire all six of its Boeing 777-200s, which were handed down from Singapore Airlines, around the middle of 2015 and shift to an all-Boeing 787 fleet to quickly parlay the Dreamliner’s increased fuel efficiency into a healthier bottom line.

“The economic advantages of this later generation aircraft – including a fuel-burn saving of around 20% per seat – ensure that costs and thus airfares can be kept low so that more people can travel more often” Wilson promised.

Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 will be kitted out with 35 ‘all-leather’ premium seats in ScootBiz class, arranged in a 2-3-2 layout.

Each features include an extendable leg-rest and a ‘cradle’ recline position.

There’ll also be AC power sockets for every traveller.

The bulk of the bird will of course be given over to a sea of 340 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, for a total head count – or should that be bum count – of 375.

The standard economy seat is a slimline slab sans headrest.

However, the seats in the extra-legroom Stretch rows and child-free ‘Scoot in Silence’ cabin will sport adjustable headrests.

Pleasingly, all seats from tip to tail will enjoy access to AC power and “streaming Internet connectivity.”

 

Source : Australian Business Traveller

Scoot to launch Melbourne-Singapore Boeing 787 flights

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot Scoot will begin Boeing 787 flights between Melbourne and Singapore next year, going head to head with Qantas’ budget carrier Jetstar.

The five times a week service will begin from  November 1st, 2015.

“We’ve heard loud and clear the demands of Scoot to fly to Melbourne, and we’re delighted to finally be able to answer them,” Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson said.

“Melbourne, with its world-class culture, events, dining and surrounding scenery has long been on our radar and the arrival of our new Boeing 787s gives us the chance to add it to our network.”

Scoot already flies to Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast, and will take dleivery of its first Boeing 787 later this month.

Scoot has 20 Dreamliners on order, split into ten of the original Boeing 787-8 and ten of the larger, longer-range 787-9.

The airline will receive only Boeing 787-9s until the middle of 2015, at which point the first of 10 smaller 787-8s will arrive.

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson believes the 787s will gives Scoot the flexibility to launch new routes, or add more flights to existing routes, where economics might not favour the larger and less fuel-efficient Boeing 777.

“They’re operationally interchangeable so there’s no efficiency impact, but the different capacities open more options with respect to network and deployment” Wilson said.

Scoot joins Jetstar as one of the low-cost carriers stumping for the Boeing 787, based on its reduced running costs via lower fuel consumption and longer time between major maintenance checks.

“The economic advantages of this later generation aircraft – including a fuel-burn saving of around 20% per seat – ensure that costs and thus airfares can be kept low so that more people can travel more often” Wilson promised.

Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 will be kitted out with 35 ‘all-leather’ premium seats in ScootBiz class, arranged in a 2-3-2 layout.

Each features include an extendable leg-rest and a ‘cradle’ recline position.

There’ll also be AC power sockets for every traveller.

The bulk of the bird will of course be given over to a sea of 340 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, for a total head count – or should that be bum count – of 375.

Pleasingly, all seats from tip to tail will enjoy access to AC power and “streaming Internet connectivity.”

 

Source : Australian Business Traveller

Scoot to become world’s first ‘all Boeing 787’ airline

Singapore Airlines‘ low-cost offshoot Scoot is set for a flood of Boeing 787s next year, taking delivery of as many as one per month from February to June 2015 in order to become the world’s first ‘all Dreamliner’ airline.

The airline will receive its first Boeing 787-9 in November this year, parent group SIA confirmed in its Financial Year 2013-14 report released overnight.

Scoot says the first destinations for its Boeing 787-9s, which is expected to make its inaugural flight in December, will “include Australia, Japan and Taiwan”.

 

A second 787-9 will also arrive before the end of February, SIA says, with one of the airline’s Boeing 777-200s being decommissioned in the same timeframe.

Scoot aims to retire all six of its Boeing 777-200s, which were handed down from Singapore Airlines, by the middle of 2015 and shift to an all-Boeing 787 in order to parlay the Dreamliner’s increased fuel efficiency into a healthier bottom line.

This would require the delivery of one Dreamliner per month from February through June, on top of November’s debutante Dreamliner, to fully replace Scoot’s six Boeing 777s.

A spokesperson for Scoot told Australian Business Traveller this evening that “the delivery of Scoot’s Dreamliner fleet remains on schedule… we expect to transition to an all 787 fleet by middle of 2015.”

The airline has 20 Boeing 787s on order, split into ten of the original Boeing 787-8 and ten of the larger, longer-range 787-9.

Inside Scoot’s Boeing 787

Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 will be kitted out with 35 ‘all-leather’ premium seat sin ScootBiz class, arranged in a 2-3-2 layout.

Each features include an extendable leg-rest and a ‘cradle’ recline position.

There’ll also be AC power sockets for every traveller.

The bulk of the bird will of course be given over to a sea of 340 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, for a total head count – or should that be bum count – of 375.

The standard economy seat is a slimline slab sans headrest.

However, the seats in the extra-legroom Stretch rows and child-free ‘Scoot in Silence’ cabin will sport adjustable headrests.

Pleasingly, all seats from tip to tail will enjoy access to AC power and “streaming Internet connectivity.”

 

Scoot will receive only Boeing 787-9s until the middle of 2015, at which point the first of 10 smaller 787-8s will arrive. These will pack the same seats but with a total seatcount down to around 330, the airline predicts.

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson believes the 787s will gives Scoot the flexibility to launch new routes, or add more flights to existing routes, where economics might not favour the larger and less fuel-efficient Boeing 777.

“They’re operationally interchangeable so there’s no efficiency impact, but the different capacities open more options with respect to network and deployment” Wilson said.

Scoot joins Jetstar as one of the low-cost carriers stumping for the Boeing 787, based on its reduced running costs via lower fuel consumption and longer time between major maintenance checks.

“The economic advantages of this later generation aircraft – including a fuel-burn saving of around 20% per seat – ensure that costs and thus airfares can be kept low so that more people can travel more often” Wilson promised.

 

Source : Australian Business Traveller

Photos: inside Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Photos: inside Scoot's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot Scoot will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 in November this year and shift to an all-Boeing 787 fleet by the middle of 2015 as the airline seeks to parlay the Dreamliner’s increased fuel efficiency into a healthier bottom line.

Scoot says the first destinations for the Boeing 787-9 will “include Australia, Japan and Taiwan”.

The airline currently flies six ageing Boeing 777-200s which were handed down from Singapore Airlines, but all of these will now be retired by the middle of next year.

In their stead will be a clutch of new Boeing 787s – ten of the original Boeing 787-8 and ten of the larger, longer-range 787-9 – which Scoot inherited from Singapore Airlines after its parent bulked up its order for the Airbus A350.

Scoot’s November 2014 inaugural will make it only the second airline in the world to fly a Boeing 787-9 after launch customer Air New Zealandpicks up the keys to its own next-gen jetliner in July this year.

Read: Air New Zealand gears up for Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s debut

Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 will be kitted out with 35 ‘all-leather’ premium seats in ScootBiz class, arranged in a 2-3-2 layout.

Each features include an extendable leg-rest and a ‘cradle’ recline position.

There’ll also be AC power sockets and USB ports for every traveller.

The bulk of the bird will of course be given over to a sea of 340 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, for a total head count – or should that be bum count – of 375.

The standard economy seat is a slimline slab sans headrest.

However, the seats in the extra-legroom Stretch rows and child-free ‘Scoot in Silence’ cabin will sport adjustable headrests.

Pleasingly, all seats from tip to tail will enjoy access to AC power and “streaming Internet connectivity.”

Also read: Scoot’s Boeing 777 seats reviewed

Scoot will receive only Boeing 787-9s until the middle of 2015, at which point the first of 10 smaller 787-8s will arrive. These will pack the same seats but with a total seatcount down to around 330, the airline predicts.

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson believes the 787s will gives Scoot the flexibility to launch new routes, or add more flights to existing routes, where economics might not favour the larger and less fuel-efficient Boeing 777.

“They’re operationally interchangeable so there’s no efficiency impact, but the different capacities open more options with respect to network and deployment” Wilson said.

Scoot joins Jetstar as one of the low-cost carriers stumping for the Boeing 787, based on its reduced running costs via lower fuel consumption and longer time between major maintenance checks.

“The economic advantages of this later generation aircraft – including a fuel-burn saving of around 20% per seat – ensure that costs and thus airfares can be kept low so that more people can travel more often” Wilson promised.

 

Source : Australia Business Traveller

Scoot eyes Boeing 787 routes to Australia, China, India, Japan

Scoot's old Boeing 777s will soon make way for factory-fresh 787s

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot Scoot sees the Boeing 787 as the key to opening up current and new markets including Australia, China, India and Japan.

Scoot expects to begin flying the first of 20 Boeing 787s by the end of 2014, and by 2016 will have enough Dreamliners in the fleet to retire the ageing Boeing 777-200s which it inherited from parent Singapore Airlines.

The airline will split its Dreamliner order between the original 787-8 and the larger and longer-range 787-9, with each version of the 787 geared to specific routes.

“They’re operationally interchangeable so there’s no efficiency impact, but the different capacities open more options with respect to network and deployment” Wilson told FlightGlobal, which tips the airline is likely to take 10 of each Dreamliner variant.

Scoot will join Jetstar as one of the low-cost carriers stumping up for the Boeing 787, based on its reduced running costs via lower fuel consumption and longer time between major maintenance checks.

Review, photos: Jetstar Boeing 787 business class

Scoot’s Dreamliners will carry fewer passengers than its Boeing 777s – the airline’s 777 configuration packs 402 seats, which the 787-8s are likely to sit around the 330 mark, based on Jetstar’s Boeing 787 configuration.

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson believes this will gives Scoot the flexibility to launch new routes, or add more flights to existing routes, when the economics might not favour the Boeing 777.

“At some point, taking advantage of the latest technology is necessary” Wilson tells Singapore’s The Business Times, adding that much of Scoot’s growth will likely come from the airline’s “economic sweet spot” – destinations within five to nine hours travel from Scoot’s Singapore base

For that reason, a low-cost Scoot 787 service to London is unlikely, as the operating costs would rise due to the need to carry more fuel and a larger crew complement to work the split shifts, along with crew rest bunks – something which Jetstar deliberately left off its own 787 order.

According to The Business Times, flights to India remains on Scoot’s radar.

“Mr Wilson says that India offers several potential destinations beyond a five-hour radius, particularly in the north-west of the country” the newspaper reports.

 

Australian Business Traveller