Low cost long-haul Singapore Airlines offshoot to fly 787s to Athens.
Scoot Airlines has just confirmed its first destination in Europe (TD 03 August), with the debut of non-stop Singapore-Athens Boeing 787 flights scheduled for 20 June 2017.
When the route launches it will be the longest flight operated by a low-cost carrier, travelling more than 10,000km. Singapore Airlines said the commencement of Scoot services to Europe is part of the overall SIA Group’s “strategic move to stimulate passenger traffic between Asia Pacific and Europe,” as well as boosting connectivity via its Singapore hub.
Mr Lee Lik Hsin, ceo of Budget Aviation Holdings, said Scoot guests had been asking for Europe flights for some time. “Scoot has devoted much thought to configuring our cabin product and services to elevate and transform the low-cost travel experience, enabled by our world-first all-787 Dreamliner fleet, and this has positioned us well to mount our first ever long-haul flight between Asia Pacific and Europe,” he said.
The 787-8 aircraft used for the new Athens route have a total of 329 seats including 18 in the ScootBiz cabin. Launch economy fares from Perth to Athens lead in at just $369, while flights to Athens from Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast start at $419. Extra charges apply for baggage, food and in-flight wi-fi.
The route will operate four times weekly, departing Singapore at 0200 and arriving into Athens at 0830, while the return service leaves Greece at 1200 and arrives into Singapore at 0425 the following day.
More details in today’s issue of Travel Daily.