Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Scoot to fly first Dreamliner in November 2014

Singapore-based low-cost long-haul airline Scoot will start flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner in November 2014 and CEO Campbell Wilson promises that the cost savings will be passed to customers:

"It's a game changer for us, not only in terms of fuel savings and price savings we can offer, but also the flexibility it gives us to fly to different places," said Campbell in a CNBC interview. "We have seen very clearly that lower airfares stimulate more demand and that fills our aircrafts and help us to earn money. So we will remain price competitive, but we may not pass all of it," he added.

Scoot is currently using Boeing 777 aircraft obtained from its parent company, Singapore Airlines. Scoot is planning to retire all six of its Boeing 777-200ERs by the middle of 2015 and move to an 'all-Boeing 787' fleet, following the delivery of the first of ten Boeing 787-9s in November 2014 and the first of ten Boeing 787-8s in mid-2015.

Scoot currently operates medium and long haul no-frills flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul and Hong Kong.

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