Scoot Takes Flight, Announces New Destinations
New long-haul, low-cost carrier Scoot commenced operations today, with its inaugural flight from Singapore to Sydney taking off early Tuesday morning. The Singapore Airlines affiliate also took the opportunity to announce 2 new destinations, Taipei and Tokyo, to its network.
Daily Sydney Service, Gold Coast to Follow
Operating under the callsign ‘Scooter 2′, flight TZ 002 touched down at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport at 1020 hrs. Despite a technical issue that delayed the aircraft’s departure, the flight marked another milestone in low-cost travel and brings competition to incumbents Jetstar and AirAsia X.
Carrying a full complement of 400 passengers, company executives, media and invited guests, the Boeing 777-200ER jet was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute as it taxied to the international terminal. The return flight, TZ 001, took off for Singapore at 1309 hrs and arrived back at Changi International Airport at 1932 hrs.
Scoot is also gearing up to launch services between Singapore and the Gold Coast on 12 June 2012. Operating 5 times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, flight TZ 006 will depart Singapore at 2225 hrs, arriving in Gold Coast at 0750 hrs the next morning. The aircraft turns around to operate the return TZ 005 service at 0900 hrs, landing back in Singapore at 1500 hrs.
Tokyo to be Served Daily via Taipei
Scoot also took the opportunity to announce Tokyo and Taipei as its fifth and sixth destinations, with the Japanese capital operating as a 1-stop service via the latter before the end of 2012. Flight schedules have not been announced yet, but the move will provide greater capacity on the popular Singapore – Taipei (Taoyuan) sector as well as contribute to greater competition and lower fares on the Taipei (Taoyuan) – Tokyo (Narita) sector, where it will have fifth freedom rights.
Based in Singapore with an initial fleet of 4 Boeing 777-200ER jets configured in a 2-class layout, Scoot aims to challenge AirAsia X and Jetstar in the long-haul, low-cost air travel market. Its first year routes will link Singapore with Australia, China, Japan and Thailand, complementing the network of affiliate Singapore Airlines.
For more information, visit www.flyscoot.com.