On July 25, Singapore Airlines merged both its budget airlines, Scoot and Tigerair.
Scoot CEO Lee Lik Hsin said, “As we come to the end of Tigerair’s journey, we open up a brand new chapter for Scoot. Building on what Tigerair and the old Scoot had achieved since their respective inceptions, we are stronger than we have ever been before, and consequently in an even better position to offer our guests more choice, connectivity and value. The enhanced Scoot that we are introducing today is spunky and sassy, and promises to create more travel opportunities for our guests.”
The last Tigerair flight departed from Singapore for Tiruchirappalli at 2305 on July 24. Hereon, all Tigerair flights will be operated by Scoot under the TR code. The merger will have Scoot flying to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Tiruchirappalli and Lucknow, which used to be served by Tigerair, and not part of Scoot’s network.
Bharath Mahadevan, the country head of India at Scoot said “Scoot was very well received after the launch of our first three destinations in India last year, the response was remarkable. We hope to create the same impact in Bengaluru, Tiruchirappalli, Kochi, Lucknow and Hyderabad by bringing great prices without compromising on the safety and comfort of the passengers. When flying with a young and passionate airline like Scoot, our guests can expect a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude.”
In celebration of the merger, Scoot is promoting special one-way fares:
- Bengaluru-Singapore ₹5,599
- Bengaluru-Bali ₹9,799
- Bengaluru-Hong Kong ₹10,499
- Bengaluru-Melbourne/Sydney ₹12,499
Lee also announced five new destinations that Scoot will fly to from Singapore by June 2018 — Honolulu, Scoot’s maiden USA destination, Harbin in Northeast China, Kuching and Kuantan in Malaysia, and Palembang in Indonesia.
With these new destinations, plus the Tigerair network, Scoot will fly to a total of 65 destinations across 18 countries.
The airline has also adopted a new tagline: Escape the Ordinary. Lee said: “Scoot’s new tagline, Escape the Ordinary, is reflective of our growth as an airline brand. It is more relevant to the global market now that our network has grown as it is aspirational to our inner wanderlust, and inspires us to travel and explore the world.”
Further, Scootees (official nickname for Scoot’s crew members) will be seen in new uniforms, “bearing a refreshing, yet distinctively Scoot look”. The press release reads: “Both male and female crew uniforms feature fun details, such as black buttons sewn on with yellow thread to provide a subtle feature for the male crew uniforms, and thicker fabric for the Scootees to stay warm during cabin service. The new uniforms represent a fresh start for crew of both airlines (Scoot and Tigerair), while Scoot’s signature black and yellow colour combination have been retained, carrying on the spirit of fun and spontaneity of the Scoot brand.”