A new low-cost carrier called Scoot that debuted this week – an airline that likes to do things differently such as painting its planes a vivid neon yellow – is now shaking up onboard entertainment. The Singapore Airlines subsidiary has ditched traditional seatback screens in favor of iPads.
Rent an iPad for $17
Business class flyers will get to use Wi-Fi-enabled iPads for free while coach passengers can rent them for a fee of $17. According to Scoot, each iPad is “preloaded with a selection of popular films and television shows alongside favorite classics, music, games and more”. All iPads must be returned at the conclusion of the flight.
iPads Save on Jet Fuel Costs
A big reason in favor of iPads over seatback screens is weight. According to news reports, removing the screens and related electronic equipment saves Scoot more than two tons of weight which translates into big jet fuel savings. Due to soaring oil prices in recent years, fuel has become an increasing significant factor in all airline operating costs. The two tons of weight Scoot dropped reportedly represents about 7 percent of each plane’s total weight.
Scoot is seen as Singapore’s answer to low-cost carriers such as JetStar and AirAsia. It currently offers flights in and out of Australia, China and Singapore.