Scoot Air, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, is announcing their third long-haul route, after launching flights to Athens and Honolulu this year. They will utilize their new Boeing B787 Dreamliner planes for the 13 hour non-stop flight and operate four times a week. They plan to start selling tickets in the first quarter of 2018 for flights starting in the second half of the year!
I’ve flown Scoot a number of times (stay tuned for a post soon) and they are about as good as budget airlines get, so I’m excited about their new service to Berlin-Tegel! Their first long-haul route to Athens, Greece, seemed an unusual destination, but according to Scoot has met their expectations. Their second destination, Honolulu, Hawaii, is served via Japan, which makes it less interesting for anybody outside of Japan or Singpapore.
Berlin is very interesting to me, with my frequent visits to Germany, as it is the only non-stop service from South-East Asia to the German capital at this time. The choice of Berlin’s Tegel airport is much more convenient than Schoenefeld, as it is closer to the city center! It’ll also be interesting from a price perspective: Scoot launched their flights to Athens with very attractive fares and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will offer similar deals to Berlin on launch!
In addition to the low fares for economy class, Scoot also offers Scoot In Silence, a separate mini-cabin in the front of the plane with extra legroom and a quiet space (no kids or noisy adults).
For even more comfort, there is ScootBiz. While it’s sold as business class, I’d consider it a Premium Economy cabin, with reclining leather seats in a 2-3-2 layout with 38in seat pitch. Either would be a nice upgrade for a long flight like Singapore-Berlin.
Keep in mind that Scoot Air flies to more than 60 destinations around Asia-Pacific, including flights to Australia, making this an attractive alternative for low-cost flights from Germany to Asia!
You can find more details at Straits Times, the leading Singapore newspaper, and I’ll keep you posted as the dates, times and fares for the new flights are announced early next year!