Scoot spreads its wings

Look­ing for di­rect con­nec­tiv­ity to Europe? This low-cost car­rier has opened up new op­tions for trav­ellers, writes R. Gowri

New Straits Times - - Jom! -

SCOOT Air­lines marked a new mile­stone in its global pro­file with its maiden flight to Athens, Greece on June 20, the air­line’s first to a Euro­pean des­ti­na­tion. The low-cost arm of the Sin­ga­pore Air­lines Group cel­e­brated the 787 Dream­liner flight to Athens with a launch party which be­gan on ground be­fore take­off and car­ried on on­board. Both crew and pas­sen­gers took on the cos­tume chal­lenge — fly­ing on­board were “Greek gods” and fa­mous fig­ures from Greece’s past. Ad­ding to the fun were knowl­edge quizzes of­fer­ing ticket wins and Scoot good­ies.

SCOOT TO ATHENS

Scoot Air­lines flies non-stop be­tween Sin­ga­pore and Athens, The 11.5-hour flight takes off from Sin­ga­pore ev­ery Tues­day, Thurs­day, Satur­day and Sun­day. At present, Scoot flies from Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, and Pe­nang (Kuching and Kuantan too by the first quar­ter of next year).

“Scoot is cur­rently the only air­line and low-cost car­rier of­fer­ing di­rect flights be­tween South­east Asia and Greece via a di­rect flight be­tween Sin­ga­pore and Athens,” said Lee Lik Hsin, CEO of Scoot. “With our de­but into long-haul op­er­a­tion... this open(s) up new travel op­tions for Asian trav­ellers as well as Euro­pean ones, now with the start of our Sin­ga­pore - Athens ser­vice.”

(Scoot and Tig­erair of Sin­ga­pore have com­pleted their in­te­gra­tion and all flights have be­gun op­er­a­tions un­der the Scoot brand).

Scoot is the world’s first all-787 air­line. Its ad­van­tages in­clude 78 per cent larger win­dows (largest on any jet), lower cabin al­ti­tude, cleaner air and bet­ter hu­mid­ity, which make a dif­fer­ence on long-haul flights. The 787 also boasts a 20 per cent less fuel con­sump­tion and 60 per cent less noise than pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion air­planes of its size.

On-board con­ve­niences in­clude WiFi con­nec­tiv­ity and in-seat power as well as the abil­ity to re­deem and ac­crue Sin­ga­pore Air­lines KrisF­lyer miles, Scoot was voted 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Low Cost Air­line (Asia/Pa­cific) by Air­lineRat­ings.com and ranked in the Top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Air­lines in 2015 by Sky­trax.

Total des­ti­na­tions: 60 (as of June 20, 2017). Coun­tries: 17. Book tick­ets at FlyS­coot.com or con­tact its Call Cen­tre. Scoot is cur­rently the only air­line and low-cost car­rier of­fer­ing di­rect flights be­tween South­east Asia and Greece via a di­rect flight be­tween Sin­ga­pore and Athens.

FOR GREATER EASE

I found its di­rect con­nect ser­vices stress­free when I boarded at KL, with a tran­sit in Changi, be­fore fly­ing on to Athens, with­out hav­ing to bother about lug­ging around my suit­case.

There are sev­eral add-ons and signature prod­ucts you can pur­chase when book­ing/ trav­el­ling in the low-cost air­line and th­ese in­clude meals (no out­side meals and drinks al­lowed on­board), extra legroom (for in­stance, MaxYourS­pace al­lows pur­chase of two seats next to you for stretch­ing out),

extra bag­gage, ScootBiz, and Scoot-in­Si­lence (child-free cabin with adjustable head­rests).

The PlusPerks is an op­tional ad­don bundle that of­fers sev­eral add-ons in­clud­ing pre­ferred seat se­lec­tion and pri­or­ity check-in.

I found the Scoot In Style add-on a relief for the long lay­over in Changi Air­port which gave me ac­cess to the SATS Premier Lounge that has a mod­est buf­fet se­lec­tion, shower fa­cil­i­ties, two mas­sage chairs and work­sta­tions.

HERE’S your chance to visit Greece, the cra­dle of Western civil­i­sa­tion. This easy-to-win twopart con­test will re­ward the win­ner with the Grand Prize of two re­turn tick­ets to Athens, the birth­place of democ­racy, cour­tesy of Scoot Air­lines, Sin­ga­pore. Read

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