Scoot to fly to Europe from next year, starting with Athens

Scoot to fly to Europe from next year, starting with Athens
A Scoot airlines aircraft. TODAY file photo.
Published: 1:00 PM, August 16, 2016
Updated: 7:57 PM, August 17, 2016

SINGAPORE — Budget carrier Scoot will begin flying to Europe from next year, the airline announced on Tuesday (Aug 16).

Its first destination will be the Greek capital of Athens, due to commence from June 20, 2017. The new service marks the budget carrier’s first long-haul flight between Asia Pacific and Europe, and it will also be the longest flight operated by a low-cost carrier with the flight distance exceeding 10,000km.

The Singapore-Athens route will be serviced by Scoot’s fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The planes are fitted with eight crew bunks and a total of 329 seats, including 18 in ScootBiz.

There will be four flights from Singapore to Athens per week, taking off at 2am (Singapore time) and arriving in Athens at about 8.30am (Athens time).

From Tuesday to the end of the month, Scoot is offering one-way fares to Athens starting from S$288 (inclusive of taxes) in economy class and S$888 in business class.

Mr Lee Lik Hsin, chief executive of Budget Aviation Holdings, which manages Scoot, said: “Guests have requested us to fly to Europe for a while, and Scoot is excited to finally oblige! Scoot has devoted much thought to configuring our cabin products and services to elevate and transform the low-cost travel experience, enabled by our world-first all-787 Dreamliner fleet, and this has positioned us well to mount our first ever long-haul flight between Asia Pacific and Europe.”