Scoot to add Dreamliner to fleet

24 Oct 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Low-cost carrier Scoot has announced it will take delivery of 20 Boeing Dreamliner aircraft from 2014.

The fleet of B787s comprises an order originally placed by its parent company Singapore Airlines, and the carrier says it will use the new aircraft to replace its existing B777-200 fleet, and to “facilitate the airline’s ongoing expansion”.

Commenting on the move Scoot’s CEO Campbell Wilson said:

“Since commencing operations in June 2012, Scoot has quickly established itself as a low-cost airline with a difference, with our fares, our crew and our product being exceptionally well received by the travelling public.

“In addition to a great reputation, Scoot has quickly grown to a fleet of four aircraft and a network soon to encompass nine cities. Today’s announcement that we’ll be acquiring 20 Boeing 787’s to power our growth is exciting news and great for our guests – not least because the aircraft’s fuel efficiency will help keep ticket prices low.”

The announcement follows SIA’s plans to order five additional A380 aircraft, and 20 A350s, with its A340-500 aircraft being retired from its fleet (see online news October 24).

Scoot currently serves six cities across the Asia-Pacific region, with flights to Tokyo set to launch on October 29, followed by Shenyang and Qingdao in November.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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