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Topic: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-04 10:07:06 and read 13417 times.

Asia 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777

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The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this report:


The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:
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Previous Reports in this series:

Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT

Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business

Part 3: Around China with China United, China Eastern & Grand China

Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744

Hi!

Thanks for clicking on Part 5 of my Autumn Asia series. Picking up where I left off in Taipei (lovely city btw) with a few photos…

My tags for my CX flight
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View from my budget hotel…pretty cool
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Approaches to TSA (the local Taipei airport) are in front of the Chinese style building at the back….must be great spotting from there (The Grand Hotel)
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I trip up the mountain on the cable car
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And Taipei 101 (I went up the last time, so just took photos from the ground this time)
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Taiwan also wants them!
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From Taipei I took the train along the north coast to the harbour town of Keelung which was much nicer than expected.
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They have a famous food market (open 24hrs?)
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The fairy cave Buddhist shrine
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Lovers Lake
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And a view from nearby
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A day trip to Jiufen and Jinguashi, mountain resorts near Keelung
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A 1940’s Japanese house in Jinguashi
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Back in Taipei, I headed to Xinbeitou to have a go in the hot springs…this is the hot river feeding it
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And then down to the Shilin night market
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A day trip to Wulai for some mountain air, and more hot water
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My private room for an hour. Some spring air, and a massive tub filled with mineral rich thermally heated water
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Finally, before I headed off to Singapore, I squeezed in an hour under the flight path of TSA airport. This airport sees a peculiar mix of military, Taiwan domestic, Chinese charter and select Japanese flight action. Sadly SIN and HKG are not served from this handy downtown airport. My spotting place isn’t great (it’s a bit close), but was the best I could find with zero research.
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Sichuan Airlines from Chengdu
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My final plane, a CI A330 from HND
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I caught a rather nice bus over to TPE from the main station, arriving about an hour later
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By some chance, Swedish a.netter deltamartin happened to be passing through the same day inbound from HKG, so we stopped to have a few beers before we headed in separate directions. Was nice to meet you!

So, why was I on a Scoot flight to Singapore? Well, my aim was Bangladesh again. From Taipei, there were a few options. I could use my Avios for a flight on Dragonair via HKG (boring). I found a cool routing on CI (B744) and CZ (737) via CAN in Business, but it was a little pricey (I think in retrospect I should have gone for it though, given the money I spent in Singapore!). Other (initially cheaper) options involved self connecting via Malaysia or Singapore.

As I wasn’t in a particular rush, I thought I’d go via S.E.Asia, and stop for a few days. I found a cheap flight from KUL to DAC on MH that I liked the look of. To get down to the general area was a choice basically of Scoot or Air Asia X (normal airlines were waaay overpriced). Scoot won in the end due to having a slightly lower price, a slightly better schedule, and it was a new airline (although I’ve only done Air Asia before, rather than the “X” version). Neither choice particular enticed me, however.

There wasn’t too much of a queue for the Scoot desk…15 minutes, with plenty of counters open. Most people seemed to be checking in at least 1, if not 2 large bags each, so 15 minutes seemed reasonable. This was, AFAIK this was the longest wait I’ve had to check in for a long time…you get so used to flashing a shiny card, using OLCI, automatic bag drops, or just using a C line (or an efficient airline). My bag was tagged with no fuss, and my pass issued. I asked about changing seat, but was told that they couldn’t do that (I guess online only?).

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The ridiculous EVA Air Hello Kitty check in area.
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FIDS. By far the most interesting flight on the board is BR 770 to Tunxi, or better known in the West at being the gateway to Yellow Mountain (photos of which can be found in my report from last year).
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There was a long queue for security, although it moved fairly quickly. I was shortly stamped out of the country, and in the departures area.
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Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-04 10:08:42 and read 13488 times.

I stopped at duty free to buy a bottle for the friend I’d be staying with in Singapore, then headed down to the gate. A handy list of things near each gate:
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TPE is trying to mimic SIN and ICN with their cosy little areas, but the drab architecture and a poor layout hinder the effect.

An interesting collection of jazz instruments
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A library…nice idea
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Views of the tarmac are fairly good, although through horribly tinted glass.
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My Scoot!
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More Hello Kitty!
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And here she (he?) is, Big Yella Fella (who names these planes?!). According to Martin, she’s been sitting on the tarmac for a while (around 4 hours). There was quite a long rest here for her…wonder why.
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When boarding was called, I was one of the first in line.

October 2012
Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) – Singapore Changi (SIN)
Scoot TZ 201
Scheduled: 1810-2225 (4h15m)
Actual: 1829-2241 (4h12m)
Boeing 777-200 9V-OTB
Scootin’ Class (just made that up)

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This plane had been in the Scoot fleet less than a month when I flew, although she’s spent 15 years with SQ as 9V-SQB.

I had pre-paid a small nominal amount to get one of the few pairs of seats right at the back (so called love seats on the TZ website), so headed to the back. The cabin looks a lot better than I had imagined.
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Here’s my seat, in yellow, to show that it’s a more expensive seat.
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Legroom is very good here
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Before the cabin fills, I try out a normal blue seat as well…it’s a bit tighter, but still perfectly acceptable.
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There’s an IFE box (very small) under the seat, although for the life of me don’t know why it’s there. Surely you don’t need something like this when the seat is only equipped with a light and call bell? The call bell, as other have pointed out, it disastrously positioned. The slightest move of the hips sets it off.
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I find the cabin a bit hot. I mention this to the FA standing next to door 4R who immediately goes and fiddles with the panel next to her. She apologises and explains that the temperature will come down after take off. The staff are very good.

Out the window…it’s getting dark
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Safety card
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BOB card. It was a good introduction to Singaporean prices (i.e. more than you’d have thought them to be)
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The mag (which was reasonable)
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Paid for iPad IFE
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And duty free
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Despite the fact that Big Yella Fella has been lying dormant all afternoon, and all the human cargo was on board in time, we are delayed due to late loading cargo. Looks like some SQ stuff is hitching a lift
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Before too long, we push off, with the crew doing a manual safety demo. The flight seems nearly completely full (at least in the rear section). Other than the exit row seats, not a single seat is empty. Time to increase from the present x3 weekly? This is the first wide body plane I’ve ever been on without any screens at all. No personal or general TVs to be seen.
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We pass the Malaysian competition.
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And the Evergreen (EVA Air) hangers
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With this behemoth hiding inside
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Not too far behind schedule we leave Taipei for Singapore. Once the seatbelt signs are off, the crew spring into action. There are two trolleys being worked on both aisles, although the crew aren’t terribly proactive in selling the stuff inside. I see quite a few people eating their own food. The crew don’t seem to mind.

I pre-ordered a chicken and rice meal, which comes with a soft drink and bag of fruit crisps.
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Some ten minutes after my drink and crisps arrive, my main course is served. It comes in one of those awful plastic sleeves, where the corners disintegrate when you try and pull them, hence having to pierce the film instead.
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What a treat. To be fair, it tastes ok, but scores close to nil for aesthetics
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With the abbreviated meal service over with, the lights are turned off, and everyone left to their own devices. As you can see, without the flickering of any PTVs, the cabin is quite peaceful.
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With nothing much to do, I read my book. The flight is terribly uneventful.

A dark and quiet 3 hours later, we begin our approach into Singapore.
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Time to leave!
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ScootBiz. It looks like an acceptable Y+ product. I read some angry comments in Business Traveller about someone who felt conned by the name. The official Scoot reply waffled on about it not being called “Business Class”, but ScootBiz to differentiate it. Sounds like marketing BS to me as clearly this is not business class.
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Heading to arrivals. I note that in a few hours Big Yella Fella will be operating route #1 down to Sydney.
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Bags are soon on the belt.
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Arrivals
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With my bag picked up, I make my way towards the MRT for my ride into town. At barely gone 11pm, I’m quite shocked to hear a recorded announcement, “the final train connecting to the city is at the platform”. &%$!!! I rush down to the stupid ticketing machines (that still don’t take anything bigger than a $10 (when all the ATMs will only dispense $20 and above)….thank goodness I have some small change. I rush onto the platform only to see the train won’t leave for another few minutes. Grr, couldn’t they have announced “the final train will leave in 10 minutes” or something? What a way to panic people. After an hour or so on the train, and a painfully awkward taxi ride, I get to my friend’s flat. A harried end to a fairly pleasant journey.

So, Scoot? When I booked I had the feeling that I wouldn’t enjoy the flight. It turns out it all went pretty well. The cabin was clean, the seats comfy, and the staff helpful. Whether I’d feel the same on a longhual overnight in a standard seat remains to be seen, but for me, this TPE-SIN flight was fine. Thumbs up for Scoot (although the name and livery is still ridiculous).

Future reports include:

MI SIN-LGK A320 Y
FY LGK-SZB ATR Y
MH KUL-DAC A330 Y
4H DAC-ZYL DH8-100 Y
9W DAC-CCU B737-700 Y
AI CCU-DEL B788 Y
AI IXM-MAA-BLR A32S Y
SV BLR-DMM-JED-LHR A330/B773 Y

No doubt more flights will be added over time!

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Asia Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744
Asia Part 3: Around China with KN, MU & CN
Asia Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business
Asia Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT
Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-11-04 10:36:32 and read 13295 times.

Hi Gabriel,

another interesting report with nice destination pictures!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My spotting place isn’t great (it’s a bit close), but was the best I could find with zero research.

We went on the top level of a market hall back in 2008. Probably no longer accessible.

Taiwan Trio: TransAsia, UNI Air And The Taipei 101 (by PlaneHunter Feb 21 2009 in Trip Reports)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My final plane, a CI A330 from HND

Interesting, there weren't any widebody operations when we went there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The ridiculous EVA Air Hello Kitty check in area.

Well, it seems EVA Air can earn money with that. And I don't mind about logojets of any kind.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The cabin looks a lot better than I had imagined.

Ah, it looks awful, 1970s style.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The crew don’t seem to mind.

I guess it would be too much of an effort to constantly check all rows.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

What a treat. To be fair, it tastes ok, but scores close to nil for aesthetics

Wow, that looks horrible!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Sounds like marketing BS to me as clearly this is not business class.

Well, you find such kind of Business Class seats on various European carriers, for example. It's a matter of perspective.  




PH

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-11-04 11:04:12 and read 13169 times.

Hi Gabriel, great report as usual,

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The ridiculous EVA Air Hello Kitty check in area.

Really?! Looks like a kids play area.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Some ten minutes after my drink and crisps arrive, my main course is served. It comes in one of those awful plastic sleeves, where the corners disintegrate when you try and pull them, hence having to pierce the film instead.

Sure it wasn't just a Tescos ready meal?

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2012-11-04 11:23:22 and read 13118 times.

Hey Gabriel

As usual nice TR with a good mix of aviation and non aviation pictures

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The ridiculous EVA Air Hello Kitty check in area.
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
More Hello Kitty!

How dare you criticize that? lol

No G&T on the BOB menu?   .

Thanks for sharing

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-11-04 14:51:46 and read 12645 times.

Hi Gab's,

Nice report and pictures, expected you to be in Scoot Biz so Y was a shock to the system  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Views of the tarmac are fairly good, although through horribly tinted glass

- At least there are views.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
o be fair, it tastes ok, but scores close to nil for aesthetics

- Glad it tasted ok, looked terrible!

Nice pix from Taiwan, it's a placed I'd like to visit, and not just to see planes!

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2012-11-04 15:56:45 and read 12479 times.

Thanks for the report on Scoot. Seems like quite a number of them have been popping up on A.Net. A crude indicator of its load and performance  ? Meal did look awful though. I am glad it tasted better.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-04 17:47:17 and read 12330 times.

Thanks for all the comments guys!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
another interesting report with nice destination pictures!

THanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Interesting, there weren't any widebody operations when we went there.

There weren't many widebodies.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Well, it seems EVA Air can earn money with that. And I don't mind about logojets of any kind.

Ha, fair enough. I guess it's nice to see. A bit more fun that what's usually on offer!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Well, you find such kind of Business Class seats on various European carriers, for example. It's a matter of perspective.

Well, yes, but in the local arena, this is NOT business class. Even Air Asia X have lie flats!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Hi Gabriel, great report as usual,

Thanks James

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Really?! Looks like a kids play area.

Ha, no, this is a place of (big) business!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 3):
Sure it wasn't just a Tescos ready meal?

It probably was

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
As usual nice TR with a good mix of aviation and non aviation pictures

Thanks!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 4):
No G&T on the BOB menu? .

Yes, but only at Singapore prices  Wow!
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
Nice report and pictures, expected you to be in Scoot Biz so Y was a shock to the system

Ha, I did consider "biz" but decided it wasn't worth if on this short flight

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
- At least there are views.

True

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 5):
Nice pix from Taiwan, it's a placed I'd like to visit, and not just to see planes!

Yes, it's a great place...go visit!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Thanks for the report on Scoot. Seems like quite a number of them have been popping up on A.Net. A crude indicator of its load and performance ?

Well, it's a new airline, so curiosity no doubt plays a part!

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-11-05 05:10:40 and read 11622 times.

Hello Gabriel,

A good report with interesting pics from local hangouts in Tiapei. Scoot looks very basic and almost truly low cost. The legroom looks very good but the meal service is a laugh. It kinda looks like the meal I had on AB to PMI some time ago.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I asked about changing seat, but was told that they couldn’t do that (I guess online only?).

Huh? You were at the checkin desk and they couldn't or wouldn't change your seat?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Big Yella Fella (who names these planes?!)

I like the name more than Barry of Gone Scootin' or whatever the other names are.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This is the first wide body plane I’ve ever been on without any screens at all. No personal or general TVs to be seen.

It indeed makes for a soothing ambience and for a relatively short flight it doesn't matter too much.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
What a treat. To be fair, it tastes ok, but scores close to nil for aesthetics

I hope this meal didn't empty your wallet. 0 points for presentation!

Sultanils

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: 777MAS
Posted 2012-11-05 05:28:12 and read 11622 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Legroom is very good here

Whoa, that looks to be more than 29 inches...... SQ sure rubs off on them!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
So, Scoot? When I booked I had the feeling that I wouldn’t enjoy the flight.

I think the same applies to the majority of people who book with the LCCs...... I've never looked forward to my Air Asia flights - they're to be tolerated, at best. But then, as the saying goes, half the fun is getting there. So, flying LCC takes away half the fun!

But having seen a 777 being used by an LCC, albeit with 10-abreast seating (heck, EK, AF, NZ etc. are also 3-4-3) I actually liked the idea, no doubt of course due to the fact that the 777 is my favourite plane!

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-05 10:40:22 and read 11622 times.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):

A good report with interesting pics from local hangouts in Tiapei

Thanks Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
The legroom looks very good but the meal service is a laugh.

Yes good legroom, crap meal presentation!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
Huh? You were at the checkin desk and they couldn't or wouldn't change your seat?

I think seats are maybe pre-aranged from SIN?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 8):
I hope this meal didn't empty your wallet. 0 points for presentation!

Ha, no, it wasn;t too expensive

Quoting 777MAS (Reply 9):
Whoa, that looks to be more than 29 inches...... SQ sure rubs off on them!

Yes, great legroom

Quoting 777MAS (Reply 9):
But having seen a 777 being used by an LCC, albeit with 10-abreast seating (heck, EK, AF, NZ etc. are also 3-4-3) I actually liked the idea, no doubt of course due to the fact that the 777 is my favourite plane!

10 across on the 777 isn't too bad. I've tried AZ and TZ now, both ok

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-11-05 10:46:57 and read 11622 times.

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for another great report in this series!

Scoot looks okay but like you said very odd to see a wide body without a video or TV screen anywhere. That may be okay on a short flight but not on a longer flight. I guess you can always bring your own or rent the iPad.

Food doesn't look so good but glad to hear that it tasted okay.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: allrite
Posted 2012-11-05 19:28:13 and read 11622 times.

Thanks for the report! The photos of Taipei were inspiring as we have just been planning a visit to Taiwan next year as part of an Asian LCC adventure.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
So, Scoot? When I booked I had the feeling that I wouldn’t enjoy the flight. It turns out it all went pretty well. The cabin was clean, the seats comfy, and the staff helpful. Whether I’d feel the same on a longhual overnight in a standard seat remains to be seen, but for me, this TPE-SIN flight was fine.

Unfortunately, having flown SYD-SIN return on Scoot in a standard economy seat I can't be as enthusiastic as you are, finding the seats very hard and the foot space uncomfortable. Perhaps the window seat is less comfortable than the aisle seat you are pictured trying, but you do give me hope that my wife won't be as uncomfortable as I was when we do a couple of legs with them next year. So far, give me Jetstar any day.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Scoot looks okay but like you said very odd to see a wide body without a video or TV screen anywhere. That may be okay on a short flight but not on a longer flight. I guess you can always bring your own or rent the iPad.

Their website says they are having troubles with their iPads and they are currently out of service. What would be good is power to all seats so you can more easily BYO for 8 hour flights, especially when you want to use your them after arrival!

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-05 19:44:03 and read 11622 times.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Thanks for another great report in this series!

No problem!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):

Scoot looks okay but like you said very odd to see a wide body without a video or TV screen anywhere. That may be okay on a short flight but not on a longer flight. I guess you can always bring your own or rent the iPad.

Yeah, you can rent an iPad, or bring your own.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Food doesn't look so good but glad to hear that it tasted okay.

And once again, you are free to bring your own food. I think they said somewhere that you weren't allowed to bring your own drinks though?

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: allrite
Posted 2012-11-05 20:54:26 and read 11622 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 13):
I think they said somewhere that you weren't allowed to bring your own drinks though?

Probably not allowed to bring/consume your own alcohol onboard - pretty standard for most airlines for obvious reasons.

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-11-06 02:23:05 and read 11622 times.

Hi Allrite!

Quoting allrite (Reply 12):
What would be good is power to all seats so you can more easily BYO for 8 hour flights, especially when you want to use your them after arrival!

That's a very good idea!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-11-06 04:51:15 and read 11622 times.

Hey Gabriel  

As usual a very nice and detailed account of your travels. Lots of lovely destination pics coupled with aviation. A really nice combo IMHO.  

Very interesting concept Scoot have .

Look forward to the next part .

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-06 06:42:01 and read 11622 times.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
As usual a very nice and detailed account of your travels. Lots of lovely destination pics coupled with aviation. A really nice combo IMHO.

Thanks Phil, glad you liked it

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-11-10 02:11:09 and read 11621 times.

Hi Gab

Interesting report about Scoot! Thanks for sharing! How much did the 2-seaters cost, if not too much it looks like it's worth the investment.
I would not call J actually a J class either, more like Y+
Taipei looks great as well

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2012-11-10 04:37:20 and read 11621 times.

Hi Gabriel,

great report as usual. Wonderful pictures from Taiwan here, looks indeed like a very nice destination to spend some time. This Hello-Kitty-thing seems to be really big there, oh well.

And your flight with Scoot, well, seemed to be ok. True, they could indeed improve on their food presentation, doesn't look too appetizing. And actually I like their livery, it is something different.

Thanks a lot for sharing
CaptainRed

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-10 12:00:04 and read 11621 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing!

No problem

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
How much did the 2-seaters cost, if not too much it looks like it's worth the investment.

it cost EUR 10 to reserve that seat

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):

great report as usual.

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
Wonderful pictures from Taiwan here, looks indeed like a very nice destination to spend some time.

Yes, it's a great country

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 19):
And your flight with Scoot, well, seemed to be ok. True, they could indeed improve on their food presentation, doesn't look too appetizing. And actually I like their livery, it is something different.

Yes, the flight was pretty good. But I'm sorry, I disagree about the livery!

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-11-12 06:20:24 and read 11621 times.

Hi Gabriel,

Nice addition to your Asia series! Looks like you had quite an OK flight with Scoot giving that you boarded with 0 expectations. All in all they seem to be quite ok, although I dont see myself sitting there on a night flight.
Great destination and spotting pictures too, really enjoyed them  

cheers,

Brendan

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: raffik
Posted 2012-11-12 06:36:21 and read 11621 times.

The food looks awful! Like something you'd stick in a microwave when you can't be bothered to cook!

The product seems good- very strange to see a 777 without any form of IFE.

Thanks for the trip report- a great read!

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-11-23 13:55:09 and read 11420 times.

Hi Gab!

Nice report as usual, and good to see some pictures of Taipei, I also enjoyed my stay there very much!
Scoot looks rather nice, will be interesting to see what SQ does with it in the future. I'd like to try them one day, that's for sure.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And Taipei 101 (I went up the last time, so just took photos from the ground this time)

Nice pictures, that building sure is an impressive one.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
By some chance, Swedish a.netter deltamartin happened to be passing through the same day inbound from HKG, so we stopped to have a few beers before we headed in separate directions. Was nice to meet you!

It was indeed great meeting you! Thanks again and tell me whenever you're going to Sweden!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
According to Martin, she’s been sitting on the tarmac for a while (around 4 hours). There was quite a long rest here for her…wonder why.

Indeed, I took a picture or two of him, will include it in my TR. I was thinking the long downtime maybe had something to do with adjusting the schedule to the TPE-NRT flight which they now have started operations on, I think.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
With this behemoth hiding inside

It was still there when I departed a few days later. A cool but not beautiful machine.

Martin

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-11-24 03:13:09 and read 11183 times.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 21):

Nice addition to your Asia series!

Thanks Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 21):
Looks like you had quite an OK flight with Scoot giving that you boarded with 0 expectations. All in all they seem to be quite ok, although I dont see myself sitting there on a night flight

Yes, I thought Scoot were quite ok

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 21):
Great destination and spotting pictures too, really enjoyed them

Thanks

Quoting raffik (Reply 22):
The food looks awful! Like something you'd stick in a microwave when you can't be bothered to cook!

Ha, indeed, not a work of art

Quoting raffik (Reply 22):
The product seems good- very strange to see a 777 without any form of IFE.

Strange, but nice for a change

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):

Nice report as usual, and good to see some pictures of Taipei

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):
Nice pictures, that building sure is an impressive one.

Yeah, is a great structure. Did you go up?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 23):
Indeed, I took a picture or two of him, will include it in my TR. I was thinking the long downtime maybe had something to do with adjusting the schedule to the TPE-NRT flight which they now have started operations on, I think.

Oh, that makes sense

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-12-07 12:18:47 and read 9858 times.

Nice little report on Scoot, Gabriel, thanks for sharing. Nice special I would say, but hey, they get you to your destinantion for a very decent price!

Topic: RE: Asia 5: Fine Dining On Scoot. TPE-SIN On The 777
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-12-15 09:12:43 and read 9169 times.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
Nice little report on Scoot

Thanks Robert

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
Nice special I would say, but hey, they get you to your destinantion for a very decent price!

Yes, they seem to be a reasonable airline. Would happily fly them, if the price is right.


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