Scoot Airlines, the budget carrier of Singapore Airlines, will be flying to Sydney, Australia, as its first destination when the airline takes to the skies in mid-2012.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, the State’s Minister of Transport and the CEOs of Tourism Australia, Destination New South Wales, Sydney Airport Corporation and Scoot.

“As the first true no-frills airline operating nonstop daily between Sydney and Asia, we can’t wait to bring a whole new style of travel, even better airfares and our unique attitude – our Scootitude – to shake things up,” said Campbell Wilson, Scoot’s effervescent CEO.

Scoot Airlines, which is set to take off in mid-2012 with a fleet of four Boeing 777 aircraft, will offer medium and long-haul flights at a cheaper price tag. In its first year, it will ply routes to Australia, Singapore and China, with more destinations expected to be added progressively. Tickets will go on sale in the first quarter of next year.

If you’re itching to be a part of the maiden flight to Sydney, you’ll be happy to know that Scoot is giving away two pairs of roundtrip premium-cabin tickets on this first flight. One pair brings you from Sydney to Singapore and back; the other pair from Singapore to Sydney and back. The prize draw will occur on February 20, 2012.

For more information on Scoot, visit www.flyscoot.com and or their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FlyScoot.