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Photos: inside Scoot's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

By David Flynn     Filed under: Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Scoot

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 Zealand picks 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.

Also read: Australia's boom in Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights

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David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

 

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1 on 10/2/14 by moa999

Business looks OK, but the yellow stripe only going most but not all the way across is a bit weird.

The headreset differentiation in Y is plane weird, and the colour scheme is very average.

1 on 10/2/14 by watson374

Business looks OK, until you realise the Australian flights are red-eyes. I'm a tad disappointed they haven't tried the AirAsia X tack - I'm focusing on their primary enemy - of sticking in some angled-flat seats and charging more.

1 on 11/2/14 by Hugo

Well, it's not intended as competition for a proper business class. 

I checked what flights cost on Scoot and found SYD-SIN in business class for $998, which is... well, about what you'd pay in economy on SQ or QF.

Economy without bags is under $500.

1 on 11/2/14 by watson374

Yes, but AirAsia X is also a low-cost carrier, and they did it because they found they could charge more for it.

2 on 10/2/14 by Rob

For a tall fellow such as myself no adjustable headrest means no head support and in turn no sleep if the flight is a redeye.

I wonder what the per-seat cost of a headrest is both in initial capital and fuel savings from the reduced weight?  I imagine it would have to be substantial to remove what is essentially a standard feature.

1 on 10/2/14 by watson374

Suffice to say that even AirAsia X has headrests.

3 on 10/2/14 by eminere

Awful colour scheme and the economy seat looks mighty uncomfortable for overnight flights.

4 on 10/2/14 by Michael

Somewhat dissapointing about the lack of adjustable headrests and (for me any my family at lease) AVOD. Jetstar certainly have the upper hand when it comes to the 787 (among LCCs) for now.

The lack of AVOD is a strange one, the 2 times I travelled on the Jetstar 787 I was adamant about not wasting money on TV... until I sat down and saw what there was on offer. I quickly paid the $10 or $15 (don't knoe the exact amount) and sat back to relax for the next 7 hours. Having the TV there is far mroe tempting than the whole renting an iPad gimmick.

As for the cabin, yes, it's blank, but remember that this is a LCC. One of which sells tickets from OOL-SIN often for $169 each way (recent sale + tuesday mornings). Thats incredibly good value, less than half the price of Qantas' $749 return specials.

1 on 10/2/14 by moa999

But that Jetstar 787 is also an LCC - and it has headrests and seatback IFE.

1 on 11/2/14 by Michael

While it may look like that from the outside you need to remember that they are both very different in terms of pricing. Jetstar has usual sales on the 787 for $220 - $250 to Bali from MEL, a flight around 6 hours. While Scoot has flights from OOL and SYD to SIN for less than $170 for the former and $190 for the latter.

You pay more than $50 less on scoot, all while getting a longer flight to a city with much better connections. 

5 on 10/2/14 by Alvin

Hey, that's offensive to children - a separate cabin is okay, but what if parents of 7 year old children want an adjustable headrest?

1 on 10/2/14 by Michael

The adjustable headrests don't look exclusive to the child-free zone as the article suggests, but exclusive to the stretch seats. If you look at the main cabin you will notice that some on the seats up the front have head rests and extra legroom.

6 on 10/2/14 by Alvin

Hey, that's offensive to children - a separate cabin is okay, but what if parents of 7 year old children want an adjustable headrest?

1 on 10/2/14 by Alvin

(Babies and children aren't allowed in bulkhead seats...)

7 on 10/2/14 by damien

Bit of a torture chamber, but the fares are truly competitive. My dad just booked SIN-SYD for late March and it was $200 including CC charges for the most basic fare. Compare that to $900 return with Singapore Airlines.. if you're going to solely base your decision on price, then there is an option for you (Scoot). But if you want the bells and whistles.. well they'll cost you. I'm sure you can purchase an upgraded experience on Scoot that'll be comparable to Singapore Airlines (stretch plus meals plus pillow plus adjustable headrest) for less than what you'd pay on Singapore Airlines. At least we now have more options. 

8 on 11/2/14 by bryce05

No IFE, even in 'business'?

How much does a headrest cost for goodness sake!

This is taking low-cost to a new low.

9 on 12/2/14 by RK

Looks absolutely horrible. No thanks.

10 on 14/2/14 by Brian

Unless the photo showing the "extendable leg-rest and 'cradle' recline position" is creating some sort of parallax distortion, it looks to me like anyone unfortunate enough to be sitting behind a fully reclined seat in ScootBiz is goling to have their crotch massaged by the seat back of the person in front.

No way will this this little black duck pay extra money for a product that feeble.

 

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