The long wait is over for travellers who’ve always wanted to fly Singapore Airlines (SIA) on a shoestring budget. SIA has finally launched its new low-cost, long-haul carrier, which has been quirkily christened “Scoot”.
Scoot is set to take to the skies by June 2012 from Changi Airport Terminal 2, with two cabin classes. Economy tickets will cost up to 40% less than regular full-service carriers. Despite the no-frills price tag, passengers will still be able to customise their travel experience. For example, they can select their preferred seats, in-flight meals as well as baggage options.
In the first year, Scoot will cover Australasia and China with Boeing 777 aircraft purchased from SIA. As the fleet expands with aircraft that can travel for longer distances, Scoot will cover further destinations like Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India, among others.
Even though Scoot is owned by SIA, it is independently operated and owned. Unlike its more stately sister airline, Scoot’s CEO Campbell Wilson hopes that the new budget carrier will infect its guests with its unique brand of irreverent “Scootitude”.
“Besides difference, it (the name Scoot) conveys spontaneity, movement, informality and a touch of quirkiness – all attributes we intend this Company to be known for,” said Wilson.
Bookings on Scoot will start early next year. In the meantime, the search is on for airline staff with “Scootitude”. Recruitment is now underway for administrative staff and pilots, while recruitment for cabin crew will begin in early 2012.