Scoot eyes Boeing 787 flights to Middle East, Europe

Scoot eyes Boeing 787 flights to Middle East, Europe

Singapore Airlines-backed Scoot is sizing up new destinations across the Middle East and Europe to serve from its Singapore hub, potentially giving Australian travellers a new low-cost, one-stop option on those longer journeys.

Scoot’s fleet of Boeing 787-9s is capable of flying non-stop from Singapore to London, Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson told Australian Business Traveller earlier this year, although the aircraft currently lack the crew rest bunks typically found on flights of this length.

Wilson affirmed to Singapore’s Today newspaper this week that flights to Europe and the Gulf states were “definitely on our cards” and that the airline was “exploring some options at the moment.”

“We haven’t yet finalised our decision on an announcement yet but it is not too far away,” Wilson added.

Scoot’s Boeing 787s aren’t simply filled with economy seats: there’s a separate ‘ScootBiz’ cabin at the pointy end for business travellers and leisure passengers seeking a little more comfort…

… along with inflight Internet access and in-seat power to keep your phone, tablet and laptop recharged.

Also read: Up close with Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 'ScootBiz' seats

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

8 comments

  • SH Tan

    adelguy

    29 Jul, 2015 11:27 pm

    Where would you like Scoot to fly to in the west? 

    I think Scoot should complement SIA to popular tourist destinations (e.g. London but maybe LGW, Istanbul, Athens) but also open up new markets like Berlin, Cairo, Madrid and maybe even St Petersburg?

    And please fly to Adelaide so that we can have all these wonderful connections! 

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  • Bizflyer

    Bizflyer

    30 Jul, 2015 12:31 am

    I agree with you with most of the destinations. However Istanbul should be a main line option to compete with Turkish but Athens and Gatwick would be good aswell as the others.

    Could services to eastern europe be on the cards whit this aswell as I stugle to get from aus to either ukraine or belurus at the moment.

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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    30 Jul, 2015 08:16 am

    If they went to London it would likely be LGW...STN would be nicer but they only have flights to europe and the odd medium haul operated by a couple of the package holiday airlines.

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  • madge

    madge

    30 Jul, 2015 02:24 pm

    I don't think TZ has a place on the same European routes as SQ - SQ is already losing ground to the ME3. Also, TZ's Y+ is priced similarly to SQ's Y.

    SQ is weak at ATH, so TZ could take over for better frequency. And a flight to ARN is a good target, connecting to the TR leisure network at SIN.

    IMHO TZ will keep well away from London & UK, the airport taxes are too high ex-UK.

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  • Mitchell Dennis

    Mitchd31

    30 Jul, 2015 05:08 pm

    Great plans but in light of the Greek debt issue I would say avoid Athens instead Rome or Paris as well as LGW or even MAN.

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  • Chris_PER

    Chris_PER

    31 Jul, 2015 03:03 pm

    I'm betting on London-Gatwick and Paris-Orly for Europe.

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  • Bill Koumarelos

    ordath

    1 Aug, 2015 01:07 pm

    Actually, Athens would be a good choice, for a number of reasons. Although Singapore already flies SIN-ATH, having Scoot would not be redundant. Only two regular flights from Asia to Greece....SQ and the Air China Beijing(via MUNICH, in both directions, oddly enough).

    Australia is one of the biggest markets for Greece, and more connections are better.

    As for the financial crisis in Greece, well, the prices of hotels have gone down, and it's cheaper to stay there now.

    Not enough long-haul service to St. Petersburg from anywhere outside Russia, so I would pick that. And Ukraine doesn't have that much long-haul flights, either.

    And maybe some secondary and odd places in Asia could be a good fit into their SIN hub, for short/medium haul flights........like Phuket, Malacca, Kaohsiung, Da Nang....

    Adelaide would definitely be a good fit, in the greater scheme of things.

    Avoid Heathrow, due to it being overcrowded, and also due to the taxes and landing fees.

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  • Chris_PER

    Chris_PER

    1 Aug, 2015 01:54 pm

    Not to mention that low cost carriers and most charters are banned at LHR.

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