Low Cost Carrier Scoot to Enter the US Market

Low-cost airline Scoot will start flying to the United States by entering the Hawaii market with service from Singapore to Honolulu via Osaka. The inaugural flight is set for Dec. 19, and the airline is offering US$80 one-way fares from Honolulu to Osaka and US$200 one-way fares to Singapore. The promotional fares are however limited for travel between Dec. 19 and Christmas Day.

“We are pleased to enter the U.S. market through Hawaii,” said Lee Lik Hsin, Scoot CEO. “We’ve heard so much excitement among our frequent fliers since announcing the Honolulu route and we wanted to offer Hawaii locals a chance to experience our airline and visit one of our key destinations at an affordable rate.”

The carrier will propose a four-times-weekly flight serviced by the wide-bodied, twin-aisled Boeing 787 Dreamliner
offering a two class service. Once the Honolulu route starts, Scoot will operate non-stop Singapore–Osaka service, in addition to its existing three-times-weekly services to Osaka via Bangkok and Kaohsiung. The total frequency to Osaka from Singapore will, therefore, increase from 6-times-weekly to 10-times-weekly.

Honolulu will be the second long haul destination for the carrier, following the launching in June of a flight to Athens. The long-awaited Honolulu service is among the five new destinations announced on 25 July 2017 in conjunction with the completion of the Scoot-Tigerair integration under the single Scoot brand. The other four destinations are Kuching and Kuantan in Malaysia, Harbin in Northeast China and Palembang in Indonesia.

“With the completion of the merger, Scoot now provides excellent connectivity with 60 destinations across 17 countries. Our network is set to grow further as our fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and A320 aircraft is expected to be doubled in the next 5 years. Scoot now owns a combined fleet of 38 aircraft with 44 more on order, and this means more exciting destinations, both long and short-haul, are in the pipeline,” added Scoot CEO, Lee Lik Hsin.