Scoot and Tigerair merge, new routes added

A Singapore Airlines aircraft flies past a Scoot Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Source: Reuters

SINGAPORE-BASED Scoot and Tigerair have merged, and will operate as a single entity under the Scoot brand subject to final regulatory approval.

Singapore Airlines – owner of Scoot – will begin repainting Tigerair’s 23 Airbus A320 with Scoot’s colors, and the process is projected to be completed by mid-next year.

While all flight schedules will remain unchanged, previous Tigerair flights will begin operating under a common license or Air Operator’s Certificate, and all flights will be listed on Scoot’s website. The current flight code for Scoot flights will be changed from its current TZ to TR.

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Scoot CEO Lee Lik Hsin said in a press statement following the merger: “By operating under a single airline operator certificate, we will be able to utilize our aircraft more effectively and cost savings from streamlining our operations will be passed onto our customers, allowing us to market our fares more efficiently.”

The Scoot motto will also change to “Escape the Ordinary” to reflect the brand’s expanded network and newly instated framework.

Additionally, Scoot will be adding new routes to its portfolio including Harbin, Kuantan, Kuching, Palembang, and Honolulu. Following this year’s introduction of Scoot’s Athens route, Honolulu will mark the airline’s second long-haul route.

Lee told Channel News Asia that Scoot is eyeing other destinations within Europe and is “carefully considering” other parts of the US as part of its goal to operate at least three to four long-haul routes within the next two to three years.

He said, “We have showed that we are clearly serious about long-haul, starting with flights to Europe and not to the US. These will continue to expand but the bulk of the resources will still be on Asia.”

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