Scoot, the Singapore-based low-cost carrier, will start flying to Europe for the first time next summer.
Scheduled to commence on 20 June 2017, the airline will operate non-stop services between Singapore and Athens.
This will become the longest air route operated by any LCC, with a distance exceeding 10,000km, and Scoot will become the first Asian LCC to fly to Europe since Malaysia’s AirAsia X suspended its services to London and Paris in 2012.
“Guests have requested us to fly to Europe for a while, and Scoot is excited to finally oblige,” said Lee Lik Hsin, CEO of Budget Aviation Holdings (BAH), which oversees Scoot and Tigerair. “Our world-first all-787 Dreamliner fleet… has positioned us well to mount our first ever long-haul flight between Asia Pacific and Europe.”
Flights will operate four times a week, departing Singapore’s Changi Airport every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 0200 and arriving in Athens at 0830. The return flights will take off from the Greek capital at 1200 on the same days, and arrive back in Singapore at 0425 the next morning.
Scoot will deploy its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the route, which comes equipped with 329 seats in two classes, including 18 in the premium economy-style ‘ScootBiz’ cabin.
These aircraft don’t feature seat-back in-flight entertainment, but they all offer Wi-Fi and in-seat power outlets, meaning that passengers can keep themselves entertained on the 11-hour flights. A range of drinks, snacks and hot meals will also be available.
The announcement of flights to Europe continues the expansion of Scoot’s network; already this year the LCC has started operating its first flights to the Middle East and India.