Singapore Airlines Launches Budget Carrier 'Scoot'

Singapore Airlines is launching a new low-cost carrier for long-haul flights throughout Asia, which will operate under the unlikely but cheery name of “Scoot.

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Scoot Will Cost 40% Less than Other Airlines

The new airline begins flights sometime in 2012 and will concentrate on China and Australia destinations.

Unlike its luxurious and multiple award-winning parent, Scoot will mostly appeal to cheap-flight fans with airfares up to 40 percent less than larger carriers. However, as one aviation analyst told USA Today, Scoot will have some amenities. He described it as “luxury budget” which brings to mind the low-cost U.S. carrier Virgin America, with its cheap fares, mood-lighting and seatback screens.

Other Airlines with Unusual Names

It will be interesting to see how Scoot works out for Singapore. Earlier in the last decade, Delta launched a low-cost carrier called Song and United tried the same thing with Ted, but ultimately both experiments were abandoned after a few years.

No information has been released regarding the origins of the name Scoot, but there are plenty of other carriers with unusual monikers, including Hungary-based Wizz Air.

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Published: November 1, 2011