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An exciting step looms in air travel

It’s rare, but every now and then a significant and far-reaching moment occurs in travel.

One such moment will happen this year when a new Asia-Europe air corridor is opened, thanks to Singapore-based carrier, Scoot Airlines.

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From late June, Scoot – already a prominent player in Asia – will start a new service between Singapore and Athens, Greece.

By linking with Scoot’s existing large network, the new service will open up another channel between Europe and centres in Australia and across Asia.

For us, this development is exciting on several counts:

  • Scoot’s status as a low-cost carrier means that flights between Asia and Europe will enter a whole new era of affordability.
  • The flights will showcase the game-changing nature of the fuel-efficient and wide-bodied Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  • More attention will focus on Singapore’s strategic position as a key airline hub and vibrant Asian destination.
  • The new corridor can also only enhance recent marketing of Athens as an international tourism destination.

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At more than 10,000 kilometres, the Singapore-Athens flights will boost Scoot’s reputation as a medium-haul carrier. In fact, Scoot says the flight will be the longest operated by any low-cost airline.

Affordable service catches attention

The new Singapore-Athens link particularly caught our attention, as Australians are accustomed to paying hefty airfares to and from Europe.

Scoot’s ‘pocket-friendly’ initial fares start at $AUD 369 for a basic one-way flight from Perth to the Greek capital.

Even with low-cost carrier fees added, the new flights are still particularly reasonable and open up the possibility of a European visit to more of the Australian population.

Aussies of all ages, including senior travellers, who may have only dreamed of seeing the ruins of Ancient Greece and Europe beyond, will now have an opportunity – thanks to Scoot.

The Dreamliner factor

It’s no coincidence that the new Asia-Europe link follows Scoot’s world-first conversion to an all-Boeing Dreamliner fleet.

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The quieter, roomier, lighter jet with the amazing range, striking cabin lights and elegant looks has changed the industry markedly, opening up areas that were once the domain of big four-engine giants.

We are yet to fly on a Dreamliner, but can’t wait to give a first hand review of this plane that is widely said to have redefined the travel experience.

The vibrant Singapore hub

Scoot’s Asia-Europe flights will also highlight the further development of Singapore as a central air travel hub of the Asia-Pacific region.

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Fresh from marking its 50th anniversary of statehood, Singapore, its airlines and its Changi Airport continue to grow in stature.

At the other end of the new service, Athens is also boosting its presence in the international tourism market as a lot more than just a stopover on the way to the Greek Islands.

Starting on June 20, the new 11-and-a-half hour flight from Singapore to Athens will be every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – departing at 2am – while flights back from Athens will be the same days, departing at 12pm.

Our reviews

Scoot Airlines has kindly invited Memorable Destination to review the new service in September-October.

Join us in counting down to this memorable experience;  watch for more previews; and then check here and on social media for our first hand reviews of this development in the travel industry.

 

About Ian Roberts (255 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

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