Looking for a budget airline that flies between Australia and Asia? Here’s what it’s like to fly Scoot. Scoot Airlines is a budget airline that flies out of Singapore Changi Airport.
One of the first low-cost airlines in Asia, Scoot became successful very quickly.
About Scoot Airlines
Being an arm of the highly popular Singapore Airlines certainly helped this budget airline get off its feet.
The airline was voted 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Best Low Cost Airline in Asia Pacific (according to AirlineRatings.com) and placed in the top 10 of the World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines in 2015 and 2018 by Skytrax.
The airline, which has been operating since June 2012, expanded in 2017 by merging with Tigerair Singapore.
The airline has 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 29 Airbus A320 aircraft and flies to 67 destinations in 19 countries and territories.
Scoot Budget Airline Flight Review
Scoot, Boeing Dreamliner 787-800 (788), loyalty scheme: KrisFlyer Miles
Route and time
Singapore to Sydney, 7 hours 30 mins, daily.
On the ground with Scoot
Check in was fast and efficient at the Singapore Airlines counter.
One benefit of flying Scoot is the ability to redeem and accrue Singapore Airlines Group KrisFlyer miles,
Scoot-in-Style, an optional add-on, gives me lounge access and priority boarding for only $39 for flights departing from Changi.
A low-cost carrier, Scoot only has a 7kg plus laptop baggage allowance for Economy class. 20kg of checked baggage is $42 online or $100 at the airport.
Economy, Seat 5C.
My seat, a Standard Super Seat, was at the front of the economy section in the Scootin Silence zone.
Legroom is very good – better than economy on most ageing aircraft.
Super seats are as little as $17 extra and have 30% more legroom than Standard seats and up to 35″ seat pitch.
Super Seats are an ‘upgrade/pay more’ option with slightly more leg room for $17;
Add in ScootinSilence – a quiet premium zone just behind the ScootBiz cabin – for another $12.
Scoot Cabin service
Service is a lot faster if you pre-book meals and drinks; otherwise,
it can be a little slow. Snooze kits – blanket, inflatable pillow and eye mask cost $23 onboard or $18 pre-booked.
You’ll also have to pay $8 to use an in-seat charge device.
There is no built-in entertainment system at all on this aircraft.
On the upside, that removes the need for under seat boxes that often take up legroom on airlines with elaborate in-flight entertainment systems.
Scoot hires out Ipads with pre-loaded movies and games at $15 per sector or, take your own. I declined as I had my laptop and a newspaper.
More than enough brain food to keep me entertained on the short run-up to Singapore.
As food and drinks are not included in the price of the ticket, I added a meal package. If you forget to pre-book, the choice on board is limited.
Recommended is the Signature Asian Chicken and Rice ($21.90) or one of the other premium meals that come with water and two sides – a salad and dessert.
The range is not huge and varies from flight to flight. The quality is fair, like most economy meals.
Why Scoot Airlines?
An off-shoot of one of the world’s best airline (SQ), Scoot uses fabulous new Dreamliner planes with fancy mood lighting that changes colours through the flight, quieter engines and plenty of space.
The good news is that more comfort doesn’t have to come with a bigger price tag. Fares start from $200 each way.
Even with add-ons, you can fly Sydney to Singapore Changi Airport return for $450. That’s half the cost of a regular full-service airline.
Scoot fares are so far below those of other carriers to and from Asia, making it an excellent option for flyers who just want to get from A to B in one piece and relative comfort, without paying for all the frills and hoopla!
Frankly, the frills aren’t worth paying for anyway!
Where does Scoot Airlines fly to?
With its home base in Singapore’s Changi Airpot Terminal 2, Scoot is a low cost pan-Asian airline that connects travellers to various destinations.
Scoot’s newest routes
Scoot India destinations
Singapore to Coimbatore (October 2019) -A hub for textiles and manufacturing, Coimbatore is a bustling city in Tamil Nadu and one of the key places to visit in Southern India.
Things to do here include exploring the majestic Western Ghats mountains.
Singapore to Visakhapatnam (October 2019) -Also known as Vizag, the largest city in Andhra Pradesh is exploding with growth.
Some of the things to see here include the Red Sand Hills of Erra Matti Dibbalu, Borra Caves and beautiful beaches.
Singapore to Trivandrum (May 2019) – Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala and the gateway to one of India’s richest states.
One of the main attractions in Kerala is cruising the backwaters in a houseboat.
Scoot Vietnam destinations
Singapore to Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Vietnam (April 2019)
Scoot China destinations
Travelling to China? Scoot flies to 23 cities on the Chinese mainland and recently launched flights to these places in China.
Singapore to Wuhan (April 2019) -The capital of China’s Hubei province, Wuhan may not be as well-known outside of China but it’s actually one of China’s largest cities and a financial hub for central China.
Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang are ancient towns that are part of this mega city.
Attractions include seeing Cherry Blossoms, visiting the Yellow Crane Tower and Guiyuan Temple.
Singapore to Changsha (April 2019) -Visit intriguing attractions in Hunan Province by flying to its capital Changsha.
Places to explore include Mao Zedong’s hometown of Mount Shaoshan, Mount Yuelu and the Orange Isle.
Singapore to Kunming (April 2019) – Kunming is the capital of Yunnan and is a beautiful place with forests and lakes.
Yunnan is a destination for nature lovers, who will enjoy exploring its natural places such as Yunnan Stone Forest and Xishan Mountains.
Singapore to Fuzhou in China (April 2019) – Fuzhou is the capital of Fujian province and home to mountains and temples.
This historic city has plenty of places to visit where you can delve into Chinese culture, such as Wuyi Mountain, Yushan Mountain and Hualin Temple.