Scoot opens another European air link

Scoot, the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group, has started its third long-haul service – this time to the German capital of Berlin.

The service, which leaves Singapore four times a week, provides yet another well-priced European gateway for people in Asia and Australasia.

Scoot CEO, Mr Lee Lik Hsin, welcomed the continuing growth of the airline’s low-cost long-haul network, following last year’s addition of services to and from Athens and Hawaii.

“Vibrant, creative and steeped in history, we are confident that the city of Berlin will appeal to any market or demographic, and open a new and exciting part of the continent for travellers.”

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Scoot Operating Officer, Vinod Kannan, welcomes passengers and crew on board to Berlin

Scoot currently flies to 65 destinations across 18 countries and territories, with its fleet of 17 Boeing Dreamliners and 24 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Three more Dreamliners and 39 Airbus A-320neo aircraft have been ordered, with Scoot’s fleet expected to increase to about 70 by 2022.

With the addition of Berlin, the Singapore Airlines Group network in Germany now encompasses four cities, including Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich, with a total of 29 return services a week.

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People in Travel: growing Scoot unveils new executive

There’s a new face at Scoot, in the Singapore Airlines Group.

Kirsty Lucas has been named National Sales and Partnership Manager, where she will manage exisiting key trade accounts and develop new partnerships as Scoot continues to step up growth in Australia. 

Kirsty has more than 10 years travel and tourism industry experience, including a background in sales, marketing and media.

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She was the Regional Manager, Australia, at TravMedia and previously held positions in a variety of tourism based businesses, including TFE Hotels and Rottnest Fast Ferries in Western Australia. 

General Manager, Jared Simcox, said the appointment was a “direct result of huge growth in trade sales across the region. 

“We’re in an accelerated phase of development and I’m thrilled to have someone with Kirsty’s expertise, passion and inventiveness taking the reigns on key initiatives.” 

Scoot is gearing up to launch its new long-haul services to Berlin via Singapore on June 20, providing Australians with yet another competitively-priced gateway to Europe.

Using its new-generation Boeing Dreamliners, Scoot already flies in and out of Athens, via Singapore – a service that not only provides Australians with a channel to the stunning Greek Island, but also a well-priced European entry.

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Scoot is also now fully on KrisFlyer, the frequent flyer programme for the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group portfolio of airlines. 

Scoot customers can directly earn KrisFlyer miles when they purchase and travel on Scoot’s flights, as well as redeem their KrisFlyer miles for Scoot flights.

Corporate members of SIA’s HighFlyer programme, for small and medium enterprises, can also now earn HighFlyer points when flying on SIA or SilkAir itineraries with connections onto Scoot.

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Sales are open for new route to Europe

People planning to fly to Europe from Asia and Australia have another option – and tickets are already on sale.

Scoot, the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines group (SIA) has launched initial ticket sales for a second long-haul service to Europe.

From June 20, Scoot expects to start non-stop flights from Singapore to Berlin, Germany.

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

The airline already operates popular flights between Singapore and Athens, Greece.

And it recently also began long-haul flights to Hawaii via Japan.

Launch fares

Confirming the starting date of the Berlin corridor, Scoot announced promotional fares from Perth, Australia at $379 one way, with additional charges for baggage and food.

Flying in the airline’s premium ScootBiz class, from Perth to Berlin initially will cost $1199 one way.

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Scoot says that flights from Melbourne or Sydney to Berlin are on sale for $439 one-way (bags and food extra) or $1299 in ScootBiz.

Fares from Australia’s Gold Coast initially are $429 (bags and food extra) and $1299 in ScootBiz.

For more on ScootBiz inclusions, see our age-friendly review of the premium service.

The promotional fares are subject to availability and will remain on sale until one-minute to midnight on January 31 in Perth; until 0159 on February 1 in the Gold Coast; and 0259 on February 1 in Sydney and Melbourne.

These fares are for travel between June 20 and October 26.

Scoot is also offering an additional $30 off selected FLYBAG and FLYBAGSEAT fares for people who key in the promotional code GOBERLIN while booking.

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The four-times-weekly Singapore-Berlin return flights will feature ultra-modern, widebody, twin-aisle Boeing 787 Dreamliners, subject to regulatory approval.

See our detailed review of the remarkable Scoot 787 Dreamliner.

Germany applauds new service

Director of the German National Tourist Office in Sydney, Stefanie Eberhard, described the new Scoot flight to Berlin as “fantastic news for Germany”.

“It opens up many new opportunities for Australian visitors and, with additional flights, travellers can easily explore the capital Berlin and nearby cities such as Dresden, Leipzig and Hamburg.

“Berlin is a happening city packed with exciting events, concerts, exhibition and shows all year round. Germany’s focus for 2018 is ‘Culinary Germany’ which aims to introduce travellers to the country’s gourmet highlights”.

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Scoot’s taste of Germany – photo courtesy Scoot

Continuing to expand choices

Scoot’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Lik Hsin, said the airline’s long haul flights to Athens and Honolulu had lived up to expectations.

“Our guests tell us that the 787 Dreamliner has been key to convincing them to travel long-haul on low-cost.

“With Berlin, we continue our mission to add more choices for great value, long-haul, low-cost travel.”

Scoot currently flies to 63 destinations across 17 countries.

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Powering the Scoot Dreamliner

The airline has a fleet of 16 Dreamliners and 24 Airbus A320’s – with a further four Dreamliners and 39 Airbus A320neo aircraft on order.

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Berlin cathedral

The new Berlin route will be flown four days a week – each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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Scoot announces second Dreamliner service to Europe

Scoot, the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines group (SIA) has announced plans for another long-haul service to Europe.

From the second half of 2018, Scoot expects to fly four times a week between Singapore and Germany’s capital city, Berlin.

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Brandenberg Gate, Berlin

 

With Scoot’s connections to much of Asia and Australia, the flights will open up yet another corridor into Europe.

And, like it’s existing service to and from Athens, the new Berlin link will feature Scoot’s acclaimed Boeing 787 Dreamliners, subject to regulatory approval.

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Sleek wing of a Scoot Dreamliner

The Berlin link will be the group’s fourth destination in Germany.

Singapore Airlines planes currently fly into and out of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.

American market too

The announcement of the Berlin corridor comes just as Scoot is set to also break into the American market with flights to Honolulu in Hawaii.

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Honolulu, Hawaii

In February, Scoot will also add Kuantan, Malaysia to its destination list.

Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Lik Hsin, said Scoot’s position as a long-haul flyer had strengthened following its merger with TigerAir Singapore.

“Athens has lived up to expectations, while bookings for Honolulu have been very promising.

“We are excited to bring our unique Scootitude to Berlin and can’t wait to launch those great value fares that Scoot is known for”.

Scoot intends to launch sales for Berlin in the first quarter of 2018.

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The Berliner Dom Cathedral, Berlin

The airline currently flies to 62 destinations across 16 countries.

Scoot has a fleet of 16 Dreamliners and 23 Airbus A320’s – with a further four Dreamliners and 39 Airbus A320neo aircraft on order.

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The striking sky windows on Scoot’s Dreamliner

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ScootBiz premium cabin, Scoot Dreamliner

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Economy, Scoot Dreamliner

  Award winner

AirlineRatings.com recently named Scoot as the Best low-cost airline in Asia-Pacific for the fourth successive year.

Scoot was also ranked in the World’s Top 10 Best Low Cost Airlines in 2015 by Skytrax.

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Changi Airport, Singapore, from where Scoot currently flies to 62 destinations

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Airline Review: can modern planes really prevent jet lag

Courtesy of Scoot Airlines, we recently tested whether its Sydney-Athens services were age-friendly and offered a viable gateway to Europe.

Scoot opened its doors and allowed us to frankly and objectively experience the service – and report our findings.

FullSizeRender 2.jpgThe results in details are here but, in short, we found that it was a particularly cost-effective and time-effective way of getting from Australia to the capitals of Europe.

Like all flights from Australia, it is a long way but the well priced ScootBiz premium service is so comfortable that the airline really comes into its own for all ages – at a cost comparable to the gruelling Economy experiences of some other long-haul carriers.

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There was one key aspect that we didn’t report on at the time.

The 787 Boeing Dreamliner aircraft are also said to prevent the dry-throat and jet lag that usually accompany such a long flight. We waited a see how we pulled up after the flight before we commented on our experience.

Well… we found that, amazingly, the Scoot Dreamliner ‘s additional humidity certainly prevented flight dry-throat.

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And, frankly, we were nowhere near as jet lagged as usual after returning from Europe.

For a few days, we still woke up in the middle of the night and felt like sleeping in the morning.

But we didn’t experience that woozy ‘drunken’ feeling, or the slight ache in the pit of the stomach.

We’re unsure whether the Scoot Dreamliner’s continual lighting system was the reason ……. but there was a definite difference which we really appreciated.

Our Age-friendliness rating

10/10: From our experience, the anti jet-lag aspect of Scoot’s Dreamliner services is probably effective for all ages. The Dreamliner is a modern marvel and has taken flying ahead in leaps and bounds.

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People you meet on Scoot Airlines

Georgie Montague and Rod English certainly have itchy feet.

Whether driving through the great sand dunes of Namibia, glamping in the wilds of Kenya, exploring the attractions of Morocco or riding the rails in Europe, this Aussie couple sure love to keep moving.

We met them on a Scoot 787 Dreamliner flight from Athens to Singapore,  as they headed home for the first time since February.


Swapping stories of life on the road, we were fascinated by the belter skelter pace set by Georgie and Rod after they had left Cairns, Queensland – bound firstly for Western Australia and then South Africa.

Destinations such as Johannesburg, Madagascar, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Frankfurt, the UK, Rome, Morocco and Athens – to name but a few – rolled off the tongue ….. each with a better story.

We were in awe of their endurance and the fact that much of their trip was totally unplanned – simply meandering where the road and rail took them.

And, of course, they were savvy enough to realise that Scoot’s popular Singapore-Athens service – linked with the airline’s Australian services – offered great value as a gateway to Europe and beyond.

After such a long time on the road, Georgie and Rod said the ScootBiz premium service – with its comfort and legroom – beckoned their aching bones.

Note: The Memorable Destination team travelled to Europe courtesy of Scoot, however all opinions, as always, are ours.

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Scoot’s Dreamliner shines over the pyramids

We landed in Athens, Greece in fine, warm weather.

After flying for about 12 hours in darkness, the emergence into the soft dawn over the Middle East was a perfect opportunity to admire the sleek body and wings of Scoot’s 787 Dreamliner.

During the long night, we were so pleased to be in the ScootBiz premium cabin, where there was ample room to spread out and sleep in comfort.

The near silence of the Scoot Dreamliner was also appreciated – and our iPads and phones charged in the in-seat power sockets as we slept.

There was a ripple of excitement around ScootBiz as we emerged from the darkness to clear views of the Egyptian Pyramids through the extra-sized Scoot Dreamliner windows.

We marvelled at the extraordinary layout of the ancient Egyptian towns and cities and could clearly see bulk carriers on the sea.


Soon, the Greek islands came into view and it was time to eat a delicious breakfast served by the attentive Scooties and gather our belongings as the Scoot Dreamliner began to descend into Athens.

Once again,  we can only repeat that, in our experience, the ScootBiz premium package, combined with the technological wonder of the Scoot Dreamliner gave us by far the most comfortable long haul flight we have experienced.

As senior travellers, we found the experience ideal: relaxing, free of stress and enjoyable.

The priority boarding and disembarkment for ScootBix passengers was also ideal, as we could move at our own pace and be pampered all the way.


Amid hazy and steamy conditions, we made our way through Athens International Airport to catch a domestic flight to Crete. The comparison with Scoot’s Dreamliner was marked, believe me – firstly a bus out onto a hot tarmac and then a rather cramped 35 minute flight.

We made our way through the streets of Heraklion to our accommodation and a long sleep.

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