Competition heats up in low-cost long-haul
Scoot, the Singaporean low-cost long-haul airline owned by Singapore Airlines, says it will launch flights to Berlin in the second half of 2018, its second European (after Athens) and third long-haul destination.
The carrier intends to start ticket sales for Berlin early next year and, subject to regulatory approval, the four-times-a-week flights will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
“Scoot’s merger with Tigerair Singapore earlier this year has greatly strengthened our position, standing us in good stead to launch and sustain our long-haul operations,” said Lee Lik Hsin, Scoot’s CEO. “Athens has lived up to our expectations, while bookings for Honolulu have been very promising.”
Scoot’s current network consists of 62 destinations across 16 countries, with services to Honolulu launching this month and Kuantan flights commencing in February 2018.
Berlin is parent company SIA Group’s fourth German destination, as Singapore Airlines currently flies to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, the latter recently becoming an all-A350 service.
Assisting SIA is the recent launch of its joint venture with fellow Star Alliance carrier Lufthansa, covering the two carriers’ flights between Singapore, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium.
The allows both carriers to better compete with new low-cost long-haul routes emerging between Singapore and Europe, such as Norwegian’s new non-stop flights between Singapore and London Gatwick.
Four Dreamliners are being delivered to Scoot this year, configured for long-haul travel with crew bunks and featuring 18 “ScootBiz” seats and 311 economy seats. These differ from Scoot’s regional Dreamliners, which have more seats overall as there are no crew bunks.