Welcome to my 10th TR.
In May 2011, Singapore Airlines made an announcement that they will be introducing a new low-cost airline, “Scoot”, which will operate medium to long-haul flights from SIN on B772. Scoot currently flies to SYD and OOL. It will soon start flights to BKK (5th July), TSN (23rd August), TPE and NRT (October).
Scoot currently has 2 planes - Goin' Scootin' (which was flown for the inaugural flight to SYD) and Barry. It was great to know that I was going to be on Barry's first flight to SYD.
There are 2 classes in Scoot’s cabin – ScootBiz and Economy. Passengers flying in Economy can choose between 3 types of seats: blue Standard Seats, yellow Super Seats and yellow S-T-R-E-T-C-H Seats. These seats differ in seat pitch and are located at various sections of the Economy cabin. On top of that, passengers are also given the option of “Fly”, “FlyBag” or ‘FlyBagEat”.
Booking was made on Scoot’s website: http://www.flyscoot.com/index.php/en/. Fortunately, I did not experience any difficulty unlike others who made their frustrations known on Scoot’s facebook page. Similar to most budget airlines, I had to pay extra when I choose my seat. Besides that, there was an additional SGD8 credit card charge. In total, I paid SGD260 per person (USD203/EUR162) for a return ticket to SYD, all tax included! What a steal! (as compared to QF: SGD1000 or SQ: SGD1500!)
We arrived at the airport at 2100 and had a heavy dinner as we intended not to purchase any food onboard. After filling our stomach, we headed for the check-in counters. It was only 2245 but the counters were already open and the ground staff were attending to the first few passengers who were in the queue. As soon as we joined the line, we were approached by one of Scoot’s staff who politely asked for our passports. She wanted to check if we had gotten our Australian visa done. That took less than 5 minutes. We were then directed to one of the check-in counters where we had our cabin bags tagged and were issued our boarding passes.
We bade farewell to our parents as they rushed to the MRT station to take the last train back home. Passing through immigration was quick and efficient and very soon. No doubt about that since we're in SIN.
While waiting patiently to board the plane, an announcement was made at 0155 informing passengers of a slight delay. Another announcement was made at 0210 informing us of a further delay due to cabin preparation. The new ETD was set at 0245. I was dreading the possibility of a long delay but was thankful when boarding commenced at 0230. Unfortunately, the staff did not ensure that passengers boarded in the following sequence: ScootBiz, Rows 51-65, Rows 21-65.
Since it is the school holidays now, there were lots of families on the flight. Lots of young kids who are full of energy at 1am!!
Flight: TZ 2
Registration: 9V-OTA (Barry)
ETD: 0210 (Delayed)
"Hello Sir! Welcome onboard!"
My first impression of the cabin was positive. I had seen pictures of the new seats in Economy and frankly, they seemed ugly in photos. However, they seemed alright to me when i saw them first-hand. the 3-4-3 seating configuration may seem a little cramp to some but I wouldn't complain much considering the amount I paid to get me to SYD. The seat was a little to hard for my liking but it was still bearable.
There was a family of 7 who decided to play musical chairs as the kids wanted to sit together. A cabin crew kept requesting to them to refrain from changing their seats in order to account for the number of passengers but they were quite stubborn to heed his request. Besides that, there were a number of newbie flyers who kept pressing the call button 'unintentionally'. One of the crew even informed those passengers that he would charge them SGD10 if they pressed the call button 'on purpose'. haha!
Hot towels. Amenity kits. Who really needs them? I can do away with that in exchange for something more awesome - an actual safety demonstration by the crew on a wide-body airplane!
We hit turbulence as soon as we started climbing to cruising altitude. Turbulence was really bad to the extend that the seatbelt sign was switched on for more than an hour after we left SIN. I still find it amazing how some people can sleep through turbulence!
The cabin crew sprang into action to conduct buy on board sales of meals. By then, I was dozing off to dreamland......
I did mentioned earlier on that we planned not to purchase food. But we did otherwise!
As I will not be writing a report on the return journey to SIN, please allow me to share a couple of pictures of the flight back home.
Conclusion: Will I fly Scoot again? Definitely, IF the price is right! Flying Scoot is great for people who want to get from point A to point B without wanting to pay for things that you don't actually need when you fly! I wish Scoot all the best and hope that they'll fly to more exciting and exotic destinations in the future!
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