Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Scoot has settled on Athens as its first European port and is set to offer startlingly cheap fares to Europe from Singapore’s Changi airport when it starts its new route on 20 June 2017.
Scoot, the world’s only all B787 Dreamliner airline, will set a new record with the route, set to become the world’s longest flight operated by a low-cost carrier (LCC). The new Singapore-Athens route exceeds 10,000 kilometres.
Scoot fares from Perth to Athens via Singapore starting at AUD 369 one-way are teasing the market already, and the route costs only marginally more ($419) from Australian east coast points like Sydney, the Gold Coast and Melbourne.
Scoot will serve its new route with B787-8 Dreamliners fitted with eight crew bunks and a total of 329 seats, including 18 in ScootBiz, Singapore’s Business Times reports. ScootBiz gives 30kg of checked luggage allowance, generous legroom, meal choices and other perks not usually associated with LCCs.
The publication portrays Scoot’s European move as part of a strategy by Singapore Airlines to stimulate passenger traffic between Asia-Pacific and Europe, as well as to boost connectivity through the Singapore hub.
Scoot is highly competitive out of Australia and Changi is consistently the world’s favourite airport. Putting those factors together should produce an attractive and keenly priced two-stop service to southern Europe from Australia.
Booking an additional leg from Athens to London is as cheap as chips, as the saying goes.
Written by Peter Needham