Scoot Airlines, Singapore Airlines’ latest long-haul low-cost budget carrier took off into the skies yesterday (supposedly 04th June but overlaps to 05th June) with its inaugural flight from Singapore Changi International Airport (T2) at approximately 0105hrs (local time) to Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport. The flight was delayed for about an hour and half when it was due to take off at 2325hrs (local time) as the flight “gone tech” (an airline term for “technical problems”).
AirAsia’s Founder and CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was quick to take on its competitor when he tweeted “@tonyfernandes: Scoot’s inaugural flight only scooted 50 meters before having to return to gate. Gone Tech.”
Launched about a year ago, this airline is set to give way to a steeper competition with the already AirAsia X and Jetstar Asia in the market dominating many routes.
Other destinations in which the airline will be flying to including Gold Coast, Bangkok in Thailand and Tianjin in China later this year. CEO Campbell Wilson also said that the airline also aims to introduce routes to other destinations in Australia, New Zealand, China and India in the near future.
One day prior to the take-off from Singapore to Sydney, the Straits Times Singapore revealed that more than 100,000 seats have been sold since the airline begun selling its tickets.