Scoot is set to launch long-haul flights now that it has taken delivery of its newest
Boeing 787 Dreamliner fitted with bunks for the crew.
The delivery of the Boeing
787-8 named “Mous-Scoot-Ka” (named after the popular Greek dish
Moussaka), marks Scoot’s next phase of fleet expansion in
preparation for its flights to destinations beyond the region.
This includes non-stop flights between Singapore and Athens
starting in June this year and direct services to another
long-haul destination which will be announced later this year.
Scoot CEO Lee Lik Hsin, said, “Our vision of serving not just
passengers in the region, but also those beyond, is being realised
with Mous-Scoot-Ka and its fellow crew-bunk-fitted 787 Dreamliners
that will be joining our fleet this year. Scoot and our sister
airline, Tigerair, currently have a strong presence in the Asia
Pacific with a network of 59 cities in 16 countries. Our extensive
footprint in the region provides us with a good base of connecting
traffic to support our long-haul services, and we are excited
about the opportunities that we can tap with our expanded fleet.”
Scoot expects to receive a total of four 787-8
Dreamliners fitted with crew bunks in 2017. These aircraft are
each able to accommodate 329 guests with 18 in the ScootBiz
section. In comparison, Scoot’s 787-8 aircraft without crew bunks
are configured to accommodate 335 guests with 21 ScootBiz seats.
Each of these aircraft has been installed with overhead crew rests
with six-bunks to ensure that crew members receive their mandatory
rest during long-haul flights. Such long-haul flights are usually
crewed by a team of 10 to 11 cabin crew members compared to a crew
of 8 for shorter-haul flights within the region.
This development in fleet expansion is part of
Scoot’s long-term growth strategy. Following the integration of
Scoot and Tigerair in May 2016, the two airlines have been working
towards the operation of services under a single Scoot brand and
are expected to complete this exercise in the second half of 2017.
“The 787 Dreamliner’s long range,
passenger-preferred features such as large, dimmable windows and
cleaner, more comfortable air, as well as its unparalleled fuel
efficiency, enable Scoot to continue to be a game changer in the
low-cost carrier industry and profitably open new nonstop routes
such as Singapore to Athens,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice
president, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. “We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone with
Scoot and look forward to our continued partnership with them.”
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