Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Budget flights from Singapore to Tokyo and Taipei with Scoot

Scoot Airlines, the long haul budget arm of Singapore Airlines, has just made its maiden flight yesterday and just after the flight the company announced new routes from Singapore: Tokyo (Japan) and Taipei (Taiwan). The flights from Singapore to Tokyo and Taipei are planned to start from the third quarter of 2012.

Scoot has already announced budget flights from Singapore to Bangkok (where it is competing with its sister company Tiger Airways), Gold Coast (Australia)Tianjin (China) and Sydney (Australia). Yesterday's flight was to Sydney and flights to the Gold Coast will start from June 12.

Long haul budget flight is a new concept which has found some success with Air Asia X and Jetstar in Asia and Scoot is hoping to cut a slice from this pie as Asia's middle class is growing:
Singapore Airlines' budget offering, Scoot, will begin operations later this year, joining Malaysia's AirAsia X and Australia's Jetstar, a Qantas subsidiary, in flying long-haul in the region. Scoot plans to fly to five destinations in Australia, Japan and China in its first year, before targeting other routes. Cebu Pacific, a budget carrier from the Philippines, will enter the market next year with a long-haul service targeting the Filipino Diaspora in the Middle East and further afield. 
Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson told CNN's Richard Quest that the low-cost market was rapidly growing in Asia. "In eight years in Singapore, it's gone from nothing to about 25% of Changi's (Airport) throughput. There's a market that wants to travel no frills and wants to travel further afield."
Source : Asia's budget airlines spread their wings with long-haul flights

Yesterday's maiden flight started with a 2 hours delay due to a technical problem but The aircraft landed smoothly at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport yesterday morning and received a water cannon salute.[1]

The airline has a web site named Flyscoot from where you can buy tickets and check promotions and latest news.

[1] - Scoot will fly to Tokyo, Taipei

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