Scoot

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Scoot
Scoot Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
TZ[1] SCO SCOOTER
Founded 1 November 2011 (2011-11-01)
Commenced operations 4 June 2012
Hubs Singapore Changi Airport
Frequent-flyer program KrisFlyer
Alliance Value Alliance
Fleet size 12
Destinations 21
Company slogan Get Outta Here!
Parent company Budget Aviation Holdings[2]
Headquarters Singapore Changi Airport
Key people Lee Lik Hsin (CEO)[3]
Website flyscoot.com

Scoot Pte Ltd. is a Singaporean low-cost long-haul airline owned by Singapore Airlines.

It launched flights in 2012 on medium and long-haul routes from Singapore, predominantly to Australia and China. It is distinct from other Singapore Airlines-owned airlines, SilkAir which is a regional airline serving short-haul destinations, and Tigerair which is a budget airline. Initially, Scoot's fleet consisted of Boeing 777 aircraft obtained from Singapore Airlines. The airline began to transition its fleet to Boeing 787 aircraft from 2015. Its head office is at Singapore Changi Airport.

History[edit]

2011-13: Inception[edit]

In May 2011, Singapore Airlines announced its intention to establish a low-cost subsidiary airline for medium and long-haul routes.[4][5] In July 2011, Singapore Airlines announced Campbell Wilson as the founding CEO of the new airline.[6] On 1 November 2011, the airline was named as "Scoot".[7] In 2012, Scoot announced that its IATA code would change from OQ to TZ.[1] On 4 June 2012, Scoot began its first flight to Sydney Airport in Australia. On 12 June 2012, Scoot started flying to Gold Coast, its second Australian destination. On 24 October 2012, Scoot announced that its parent company Singapore Airlines will be transferring the 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners they had on order to Scoot to replace their current fleet of Boeing 777-200s and help with its ongoing expansion and future growth.[8] Scoot began to consider having a mixed fleet of Boeing 787s instead of it all being an all Boeing 787-9 fleet.[9] On October 26, 2012, Scoot announced that passengers can now purchase "Interline" tickets with Singapore's Tigerair.

On 31 January 2013, Scoot announced it would increase its fleet by taking delivery of a fifth Boeing 777-200 by the end of May or early June, to add two or three more routes to the network. This is an additional plane to what was initially announced during the launch of the airline. The airline has also introduced ScooTV streaming inflight entertainment for passengers and iPads for rent.[10] On 21 March 2013, Scoot would launch a thrice-weekly Singapore-Taipei-Seoul flight come 12 June 2013.[11] The route offers the first low-cost flight between Singapore and Seoul, and as part of the launch campaign, Scoot is letting customers determine the launch fares through a social media campaign.[12] The next day, Scoot announced that the 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners they have on order would be split between 10 Boeing 787-8s and 10 Boeing 787-9s.[13] In June 2013, Scoot started its Singapore-Taipei-Seoul flight. On 15 November 2013, Scoot commenced its five-weekly flights from Singapore to Hong Kong, which would increase to daily services in December 2013. Later that year in December, Scoot commenced its five-weekly flights from Singapore to Perth.

2014-present: Expansion[edit]

In September 2014, Scoot announced the introduction of the 787-9s in Sydney, Perth and Hong Kong from 29 March 2015.[14] Bangkok and Gold Coast will follow in late April, destinations Tianjin Binhai International Airport, Shenyang and Qingdao are due to follow in May. On 9 December 2014, Scoot announced that it will launch services from Singapore to Melbourne from 1 November 2015 using Boeing 787 aircraft.[15] On 16 December 2014, Scoot announced its new long haul carrier in Thailand, NokScoot, a joint venture between Scoot and Nok Air. The new airline started commercial flights from Bangkok's Don Mueang airport in the second half of 2014. Nok Air owns 51% of NokScoot while Scoot will own the remaining 49%.

Scoot's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, nicknamed Dream Start (9V-OJA), on final approach at Singapore Changi Airport on its delivery flight

On 2 February 2015, Scoot took delivery of its first of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners the airline has on order.[16] The aircraft entered service on February 5 and was deployed on the Singapore - Perth route. It then was operated on the Singapore - Hong Kong route the next day.[17][18] As Scoot continues to take deliveries of the Boeing 787, the airline expects to phase out all six of its aging Boeing 777 aircraft acquired from parent company Singapore Airlines. Scoot will then begin to transition to operating an all Boeing 787 fleet - the first in the world. Once the transition is complete, Scoot will operate a total of 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

In July 2015, parent company Singapore Airlines announced that Scoot suffered an operating loss of S$20 million during the first quarter of the 2015 financial year (Apr-Jun) and achieved a load factor of 81.4%.[19] On 15 October 2015, Singapore Airlines announced that Scoot will replace its existing Singapore to Jeddah service via Dubai and launch direct services between Singapore and Jeddah. The new flights commenced on 1 May 2016 after regulatory approvals.[20] In April 2016, Scoot announced its intention to start flights to three Indian cities: Amritsar, Chennai, and Jaipur,[21] subject to regulatory approvals. Scoot also announced its intention to fly to additional cities across the country in the event that the Indian aviation sector is liberalised to allow for more than 15 cities to be served by any one airline company. Scoot's parent company, the Singapore Airlines group, will serve the maximum number of 15 cities allowed after the commencement of Scoot's services to the country.[22]

On 16 May 2016, Scoot joined the world’s largest low cost carrier alliance, Value Alliance.[23] On 18 May 2016, Singapore Airlines established Budget Aviation Holdings, a holding company to own and manage its budget airlines Scoot and Tiger Airways following the delisting of Tiger Airways from the Singapore stock exchange.[3]

Corporate Affairs[edit]

Headquarters[edit]

The airline's head office is located at Changi Airport Terminal 1.[24]

Livery[edit]

The aircraft are painted in a yellow-white livery.[25] On 11 January 2012, Scoot unveiled its cabin crew uniform with a black and yellow theme, designed by ESTA.[26][27]

Affiliate airlines[edit]

NokScoot[edit]

Main article: NokScoot

NokScoot is a Bangkok based low-cost long-haul airline which was founded in 2015 and is a joint venture of Thailand's Nok Air and Scoot with the later holding a 49% stake. It commenced operation on 20 May 2015 with Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport as its hub.[28]

Alliance[edit]

On 16 May 2016, Scoot joined Value Alliance, the world’s largest low cost carrier alliance.[23] The new alliance was started alongside Philippines' Cebu Pacific, South Korea's Jeju Air, Thailand's Nok Air and NokScoot, Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Australia and Japan's Vanilla Air.

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Scoot destinations

Scoot commenced operations in June 2012, from Changi Airport's Terminal 2.[29]

Fleet[edit]

A Scoot Boeing 787-9 in SG50 livery taking off from Sydney Airport (July 2015)

The Scoot fleet began with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft acquired from its parent airline, Singapore Airlines, reconfigured with a new seating layout and modified (de-rated) engines.[30] The airline planned to have a fleet of 14 aircraft by 2016.[31] On October 24, 2012, Scoot announced that parent company Singapore Airlines will be transferring the 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners it had on order to Scoot to replace their current fleet of Boeing 777-200s and help with its ongoing expansion and future growth.[8] Scoot later announced that the fleet will comprise 10 Boeing 787-8s and 10 Boeing 787-9s instead of an all-Boeing 787-9 fleet.[13] Scoot intended the Boeing 787-8 fleet to serve China primarily.[18]

Scoot had planned to retire all six of its Boeing 777-200ERs by the middle of 2015 and move to an 'all-Boeing 787' fleet, following the delivery of the first of ten Boeing 787-9s in February 2015 and the first of ten Boeing 787-8s in mid-2015.[32] On February 2, 2015, Scoot took delivery of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.[16] The Scoot fleet consists of the following aircraft, as of 31 July 2016:[33]

Scoot Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Boeing 777-200ER
1
32
370
402
Being replaced by Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Boeing 787–8
5
5[34]
21
314
335[18][35]
Boeing 787–9
6
4[34]
35
340
375[18]
Total
12
9

Cabin[edit]

Scoot's aircraft are operated in a two-class configuration, ScootBiz and Economy.

ScootBiz[edit]

There are 21 and 35 ScootBiz seats on the Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft respectively. The seats are black in colour, in 2-3-2 configuration, with 38" seat pitch and 22" of width. All ScootBiz seats have in-seat power, while the airfare includes complimentary meals and 30 kg (66 lb) of checked luggage allowance.[36]

Economy[edit]

There are 340 Economy seats on the Boeing 787-9 arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration; all seats feature in-seat power supply.[37] The Standard Economy seats, in plain dark blue, have the same width and pitch as the 777, 18" seat width, and 31" seat pitch. The Super seats, in dark blue with yellow patterns will also retain the same width and pitch as the 777, 18" seat width, and 34-36" seat pitch. Unlike the Super seats on the Boeing 777, the Super seats on the Boeing 787 will have head rest. The S-T-R-E-T-C-H seats, which are essentially bulkhead and exit row seats, are also dark blue with yellow patterns and comes with a head rest.

On the 777-200, 370 Economy seats are arranged in a 3-4-3 configuration, with seat pitch ranging from 31 to 36 in (79 to 91 cm) and just over 4 inches of recline. Passengers have to pay for meals in economy, either pre-paid or buy-on board. No in-flight entertainment is provided, but an iPad can be rented for a fee. Passengers must also pay for any checked luggage.[38]

Passengers can pick their own seats for a fee. Passengers can book the Super Seats for a fee and are able to pick their own seats without any additional fee. The S-t-r-e-t-c-h seats are located at the front of each section of the economy cabin. Although having the same 34-36" seat pitch as Super Seats, because these are bulkhead and exit row seats, there are no seats in front of them to recline back to invade their space, giving them the most legroom in the economy cabin. Passengers choosing S-T-R-E-T-C-H seats will have to pay more compared to the Super Seats.[38]

Scoot-In-Silence[edit]

Scoot in Silence[39] is a small cabin with a few rows of Super Seats right behind the ScootBiz cabin. Tickets will only be sold to travellers aged 13 and above. These seats will cost slightly more than the Super Seats in the main cabin.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/budget-carriers-scoot/2794598.html
  3. ^ a b "SIA ESTABLISHES HOLDING COMPANY FOR SCOOT AND TIGER AIRWAYS" (Press release). 18 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
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  28. ^ "NokScoot profile". Ch-aviation. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  29. ^ David Flynn (21 March 2012). "New Scoot airline to launch Sydney-Singapore flights on June 5". Australian Business Traveller. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  30. ^ "SIA says budget unit will fly Boeing 777-200 planes". 22 July 2011. 
  31. ^ "Singapore Airlines to Launch Budget Carrier Mid-2012". Wall Street Journal. 1 November 2011. 
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  33. ^ "List of Aircraft on Singapore Register". Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  34. ^ a b Boeing 787 Orders and Deliveries (updated monthly). Boeing (Report). 31 May 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  35. ^ Singapore Airlines Annual Report FY2013/14 (PDF). Singapore Airlines (Report). 1 July 2014. p. 209. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  36. ^ "Scootbiz". Scoot. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  37. ^ "Scoot Economy Class". Scoot. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  38. ^ a b "Scoot ancillaries". Scoot. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  39. ^ "Scoot launches Scoot in Silence". Scoot (Press release). Retrieved 21 April 2016. 

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