Category: airlines

Scoot’s foray into US market

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier, Scoot, is now headed for the US – soon after starting its first flight to Europe.

Scoot has announced plans for a new route to Honolulu, Hawaii, via Osaka in Japan.

The announcement came as Scoot finished integrating with its sister low cost carrier, Tigerair Singapore.

Subject to regulatory approval, Scoot aims to start the Singapore-Osaka-Honolulu service by next June as part of an expansion including other new destinations such as Harbin in China; Kuantan and Kuching, Malaysia; and Palembang in Indonesia.

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The five new services – along with the previous Tigerair Singapore network – will bring Scoot’s total destination count to 65 across 18 countries – including its recently-started flights to Athens in Europe.

Escape the Ordinary

Discussing the move, Scoot CEO, Mr Lee Lik Hsin, said the airline would adopt the tagline, ‘Escape the Ordinary’, which was relevant to the global market and inspired travel and exploration.

Scoot also rolled out its first A320 aircraft, previously operated by Tigerair and repainted with the Scoot livery.

The Tigerair fleet will be progressively repainted by mid-2018.

To celebrate, the airline also announced a sale at www.flyscoot.com with fares from $99 for Perth to Singapore

Scoot and Tigerair finishing integration

Scoot and Tigerair are set to operate as one.

The two airlines will operate under the Scoot name from late July, subject to final regulatory approval.

Scoot says the airlines will operate under a common license or Air’s Operator Certificate.

“Consequently, the flight designator code for Scoot flights will be changed from the current TZ to TR, the code currently used for Tigerair flights. All flight schedules remain unchanged.

“The Scoot website, http://www.flyscoot.com, will be the sole booking platform for all flights currently operated by Scoot and Tigerair, while the Scoot call centre will service bookings from both airlines 02 9009 0860.

“The existing Scoot-Tigerair check-in counters will also reflect a single Scoot brand.

“In addition, guests can look forward to a refreshed look for the friendly Scoot crew, or Scootees, with a new uniform rolled out in celebration of Scoot’s new chapter”.

These latest developments will wrap up the integration efforts of Scoot and Tigerair since May 2016, when they were brought under a common holding company, Budget Aviation Holdings.

Mr Lee Lik Hsin, CEO of Budget Aviation Holdings, said The Scoot brand, known for its cheeky and fun vibe as well as innovative products, was “well-loved by travellers around the world.

“We are looking forward to taking the brand further and offering guests a seamless travel experience throughout Scoot’s expanded network, with the completion of our integration into a single airline.”

The integrated Scoot fleet will consist of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A320-family aircraft.

Currently, destinations such as Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei will continue to be operated on both B787 and A320 aircraft. The aircraft type operated for each flight will be indicated during the online flight selection and booking process.

As part of the integration, the Airbus A320-family aircraft currently operated by Tigerair will also be dressed in Scoot’s livery, reflecting the Scoot name and signature bright yellow curves.

The repainting will be carried out progressively and is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

All Scoot and Tigerair guests with existing flight bookings scheduled on 25 July or later will be contacted via e-mail from 15 June to 23 July.

Scoot says existing guests will also be provided with updated itineraries to reflect the change in flight designator code from TZ to TR.

“Guests may also start purchasing and managing existing Scoot and Tigerair flights through the Scoot website, http://www.flyscoot.com or via Scoot call center at 02 9009 0860”

For more information on the integration, see http://www.flyscoot.com/brandmerger

 

The flying roo gets a makeover

Qantas is updating and streamlining its iconic Kangaroo logo as it prepares to introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

It’s only the fifth time the red-and-white image on the trail of Qantas aircraft has been changed since it first appeared in 1944.

CEO, Alan Joyce, said the aim was to ensue the kangaroo brand remained familiar, but also looked modern and dynamic like the Dreamliner, which is scheduled to enter the Qantas fleet in late 2017.

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“When we looked at the history, we found that the logo has been updated around the time of a game-changing new aircraft joining the fleet.

“It’s a tradition that goes back to the Lockheed Constellation in 1947, the B747-300 in 1984 and the A380 in 2007.”

The new branding, which also includes a slimmer, lighter version of ‘Qantas’ printed on the side of the planes, will be rolled out over the next few years in the run-up to the airline’s centenary in 2020.

Emirates aiming for only two types of aircraft

Emirates Airline has retired three types of aircraft, as part of a move to simplify its fleet.

This is part of the broader plan to retire 26 aircraft this year, including 12 Airbus A330-300s; four A340-300s; a A340-500; six Boeing 777-200mERs;, two Boeing 777-300s; and a Boeing 777-300 ER.

As well, the airline will also take another 26 aircraft out of operation over the next two years.

After the retirements, Emirates will operate a simplified fleet of only two basic aircraft types (Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777 – which includes the 777-200 LR, -300 and -300 ER variations.

Emirates says these are recognised as some of the most efficient and quiet commercial airplanes available.

The Dubai-based airline currently has more than 240 aircraft, with a further 262 on order.

China Southern buying 12 additional Dreamliners

China Southern Airlines is buying 12 additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

The US$3.25 billion purchase will allow the Chinese State-owned airline to take delivery of the Dreamliners between 2018 and 2020.

The Guangzhou-based airline says it will fund the purchase from internal resources and bank loans.

China Southern currently operates 10 787-8s.

The airplanes have enabled the Guangzhou-based carrier to launch six new non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London and Rome in Europe, Vancouver in North America, as well as Perth, Auckland and Christchurch in the Oceania area.

Jetstar Pacific signals expansion

Vietnamese  airline, Jetstar Pacific, is buying 10 additional Airbus A320ceo aircraft.

The new planes will join the carrier’s existing  fleet of 12 leased A320 aircraft – and the former marks the airline’s first direct purchase from Airbus.

Based in Ho Chi Minhn City, Jetstar Pacific  is a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines – which owns 70% of the company – and the Qantas Group.

Jetstar Pacific operates  over 33 domestic and international routes, as part of the larger Jetstar Group.

Chief Executive, Le Hong Ha, said the new aircraft would be used primarily to expand the international network from Vietnam.

“As competition grows in Vietnam, we believe that the A320 will place us well to attract a growing share of the market.”

Airbus says A320 aircraft seat from 100 to 240 passengers.

Photo: courtesy Airbus

Eurowings expanding services

German low-cost carrier, Eurowings, has foreshadowed an expansion of long-distance services.

The Lufthansa subsidiary is taking bookings for a new timetable of flights that it says will start on March 26 2017.

Numerous new routes are included from Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hannover, Berlin and Stuttgart in Germany and from Vienna in Austria.

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According to the timetableGerman, Eurowings will introduce a Monday and Thursday service between Cologne/Bonn and the American city of Las Vegas from July 3 2017.

Eurowings says the service, which was originally planned to start in May 2016, will use an Airbus A330 long haul jet.

Cuba’s capital of Havana is also on the Eurowings timetable, with an intercontinental service there said to be possible as early as December 2016.

Other new services in the summer timetable include flights to and from the northern German island of Sylt; Pula in Croatia; Krakow in Poland; Faro on the Portuguese Algarve; the island of Ibiza, Spain; the Greek island of Mykonos; Larnace in Cyprus; Lyon, France; Pisa, Italy; Malaga and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain; Kavala in Greek Macedonia; Lamezia Terme in Calabria; and Zadar in northern Dalmatia.