Singpore Airlines unveils new low-cost carrier


Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched a budget carrier named Scoot, that will fly medium and long-haul routes to Australasia, China and other destinations from mid-2012.

“With a fleet of four B777-200 aircraft purchased from parent company, SIA, we’ll offer no-frills service on medium to long-haul routes to and from Singapore.

“We will be managed and run independently from SIA, and already operate from separate offices,” said Scoot Chief Executive Officer Campbell Wilson at a press conference here today.

Adhering to the low-frills spirit that has proven so popular in short haul arenas in Asia and around the world, Wilson said Scoot would offer great value airfares up to 40 per cent less than legacy carriers.

Scoot, which will operate from Changi Airport Terminal 2, will offer two cabins. Specific seats, cabin features and offerings are currently being evaluated.

“Our first-year destinations will include Australasia, China and others – some routes being completely new, others new to no-frills airline operations.

“The specific cities will be progressively announced over the coming months as negotiations with airports and tourism bodies progress,” said Wilson.

Flights will open for booking early next year. “The team building Scoot is passionate about this new airline, what it stands for and how it can change the way people travel long distance.

“We’re equally passionate about incorporating “Scootitude” into all that we do. It promises to be a fun and exciting ride,” he added.

– Bernama