Scoot

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Scoot
Scoot logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
TR[1] TGW 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 38
Destinations 60
Company slogan Escape the Ordinary
Parent company Budget Aviation Holdings[2]
Headquarters Singapore Changi Airport
Key people Lee Lik Hsin (CEO)[3]
Website flyscoot.com

Scoot Tigerair Pte Ltd. (operating as Scoot) is a Singaporean low-cost long-haul airline owned by Singapore Airlines through its subsidiary Budget Aviation Holdings. It launched flights in June 2012 on medium and long-haul routes from Singapore, predominantly to China and India. Initially, Scoot's fleet consisted of Boeing 777 aircraft obtained from Singapore Airlines. The airline began to transition its fleet to Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from 2015. On 25 July 2017, Tigerair was officially merged into Scoot using Tigerair's air operator's certificate (AOC) but retaining the 'Scoot' brand. With the change of AOC, the airline's IATA code was changed from TZ to TR, previously used by Tigerair. 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 "Scoot".[7] In 2012, Scoot announced that its IATA code would change from OQ to TZ.[8] On 4 June 2012, Scoot began its first flight from Singapore 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 would be transferring the 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners they had ordered to Scoot to replace their current fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft and help with its ongoing expansion and future growth.[9] Scoot began to consider having a mixed fleet of different variants of the Boeing 787 instead of having an all Boeing 787-9 fleet.[10] On 26 October 2012, Scoot announced that passengers can now purchase "Interline" tickets with 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. The airline also introduced ScooTV, an inflight entertainment streaming service for passengers and iPads for rent.[11] On 21 March 2013, Scoot announced that it would launch a thrice-weekly Singapore-Taipei-Seoul.[12] The route was be the first low-cost flight between Singapore and Seoul, and as part of the launch campaign, Scoot allowed customers to determine the launch fares through a social media campaign.[13] The next day, Scoot announced that the 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners they have on order would be for 10 Boeing 787-8 and 10 Boeing 787-9.[14] On 12 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 December, Scoot commenced its five-weekly flights from Singapore to Perth.

2014-15: Expansion[edit]

In September 2014, Scoot announced that it would introduce the B787-9 in Sydney, Perth and Hong Kong from 29 March 2015.[15] Bangkok and Gold Coast would 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 would launch services from Singapore to Melbourne from 1 November 2015 using Boeing 787 aircraft.[16] 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 takes 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 the first of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.[17] The aircraft entered service on 5 February 2015 and was deployed on the Singapore-Perth route. It was then operated on the Singapore-Hong Kong route the next day.[18][19] 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 Singapore Airlines. Scoot would then begin to transition to an all Boeing 787 fleet. On completion of the transition, Scoot would 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 (April-June) and achieved a load factor of 81.4%.[20] On 15 October 2015, Singapore Airlines announced that Scoot would 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.[21] In April 2016, Scoot announced its intention to start flights to three Indian cities: Amritsar, Chennai, and Jaipur,[22] 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, Singapore Airlines, would serve the maximum number of 15 cities allowed after the commencement of Scoot's services to the country.[23]

On 16 May 2016, Scoot joined the world’s largest low-cost carrier alliance, Value Alliance.[24] 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]

2016-present: Merger with Tigerair[edit]

On 4 November 2016, Singapore Airlines announced a merger of Tigerair and Scoot, with Tigerair coming into the Scoot brand.[25] It would allow both airlines to achieve synergies in fare costs and revenue and operate under the same Air operator's certificate or AOC. The rebranding did not affect joint-ventures Tigerair Australia and Tigerair Taiwan. Tigerair Australia is 100% owned by Virgin Australia (Virgin Australia retains the Tigerair name and acquire the brand rights for Tigerair to operate to some international destinations from Australia). Tigerair Taiwan is co-owned by China Airlines (80%) and its subsidiary Mandarin Airlines (10%), with Tigerair holding the remaining 10% respectively.[25]

On 25 July 2017, Tigerair was officially merged into Scoot, using Tigerair AOC, but retaining the 'Scoot' brand. With the change of AOC, the IATA code was changed from TZ to TR.[1] Scoot announced that it would launch flights to five more destinations: Harbin, Kuantan, Kuching, Palembang and Honolulu.[26][27]

B 787 of Scoot airline in 2017

Corporate affairs[edit]

Headquarters[edit]

The airline's head office is located at Changi Airport Terminal 3.[28]

Livery[edit]

The aircraft are painted in a yellow-white livery.[29] On 11 January 2012, Scoot unveiled its cabin crew uniform with a black and yellow theme, designed by ESTA.[30][31]

Affiliate airlines[edit]

NokScoot[edit]

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 latter holding a 49% stake. It commenced operation on 20 May 2015 with Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport as its hub.[32]

Alliance[edit]

On 16 May 2016, Scoot joined Value Alliance, the world’s largest low-cost carrier alliance.[24] 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]

Scoot commenced operations on 4 June 2012, from Changi Airport's Terminal 2.[33]

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.[34] The airline had planned to operate a fleet of 14 aircraft by 2016.[35] On October 24, 2012, Scoot announced that parent company Singapore Airlines would be transferring the 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners it had on order to Scoot to replace Scoot's current fleet of Boeing 777-200s.[9] Scoot later announced that the fleet would comprise ten Boeing 787-8s and ten Boeing 787-9s instead.[14] Scoot intended the Boeing 787-8 fleet to serve China primarily.[19]

Scoot retired all six of its Boeing 777-200ERs by August 2016 and moved to an 'all-Boeing 787' fleet, following the delivery of the first of ten Boeing 787-9s on 2 February 2015 and the first of ten Boeing 787-8s in mid-2015.[17][36]

On 25 July 2017, Tigerair was officially merged into Scoot. All of Tigerair's Airbus aircraft were transferred to Scoot.

The fleet consists of the following aircraft as of 31 August 2017:[37]

Scoot fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A319-100 2 144 144
Airbus A320-200 21 180 180
Airbus A320neo 39
TBA
Deliveries to begin 2018
Boeing 787–8 9 1 21 314 335
18 311 329
Boeing 787–9 6 4 35 340 375
Total 38 44

Cabin[edit]

A320 Cabin[edit]

Scoot's Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft offers a single-class economy seating of 144 and 180 seats respectively. The seat pitch is approximately 72.5 cm (28.5 in) for standard rows and 97.5 cm (38.4 in) for exit rows with a seat width of approximately 46 cm (18 in).

B787 Cabin[edit]

Scoot's Boeing B787 aircraft are operated in a two-class configuration, ScootBiz and Economy. B787-8, equipped with crew rest area for long haul flights, have 3 fewer seats in ScootBiz and 3 fewer seats in Economy than a regular B787-8.

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 a 2-3-2 configuration, with a 38-inch seat pitch and 22-inch width. All passengers seated in ScootBiz are provided with in-seat power, on-board meals and 30 kg (66 lb) of checked luggage allowance.[38]

Economy[edit]

There are 314 and 340 Economy seats on the Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 respectively, arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration.[39] The Standard Economy seats, in plain dark blue, have an 18-inch seat width, and a 31-inch seat pitch. The Super Seats are only available on B787-9 aircraft. They have the same seat width as standard seats at 18-inch, but with 34 to 36-inch seat pitch. The S-T-R-E-T-C-H seats, which are bulkhead and exit row seats in the economy cabin, are also dark blue. Although they have the same 34 to 36-inch seat pitch as Super Seats, because these are bulkhead and exit row seats, there are no seats in front of them, giving them the most legroom space in the economy cabin. Only Super Seats and S-T-R-E-T-C-H Seats comes with a head rest.

Passengers can pick their own seats for a nominal fee. Passengers can book the Super Seats for a fee and are able to pick their own seats without any additional cost. Passengers choosing S-T-R-E-T-C-H seats have to pay more compared to the Super Seats.[40]

Scoot-In-Silence[edit]

Scoot in Silence[41] is a small cabin with a few rows of seats right behind the ScootBiz cabin. It is advertised to be a quiet zone. Tickets are only be sold to travellers aged 13 and above. On the B787-9, all seats in Scoot-In-Silence cabin are either Super Seats or S-T-R-E-T-C-H Seats. But on B787-8, only standard seats and S-T-R-E-T-C-H Seats are offered in this cabin. Seats in this zone cost slightly more than the seats in the main cabin.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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