LONDON — Earlier this week saw Singapore-based low-cost carrier Scoot inaugurate their direct service between Singapore and Berlin. The flight will operate on a four times per week service using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
TR734 departed Singapore at 1225am local time and arrived into Berlin Tegel Airport with a water cannon salute at 0720 local. The German destination is the airline’s third long-haul destination after Athens and Honolulu, both of which were launched last year.
#Berlin, we have arrived! Willkommen 🇩🇪 as the newest addition to the 18 countries we now Scoot to.🎉 Our passengers had fun partying on our #787baby Bo Jio to celebrate our first time to Berlin! Flying to #Europe and having a great time on a budget is no longer just a dream 🙏 pic.twitter.com/RQeuMqZQD4
— Scoot (@flyscoot) June 20, 2018
The 787-operated flight carried 311 customers in total, representing a 95% load factor, showing a strong start for the carrier on the route. The customers originated from Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia mainly with half of them comprising in the age range of 18-35.
Lee Lik Hsin, Scoot’s CEO, said, “With the addition of Berlin just a year after we successfully launched Athens, and then Honolulu, Scoot’s low-cost long-haul network continues to grow at a steady pace. Vibrant, creative and steeped in history, we are confident that the city of Berlin will appeal to any market or demographic, and open a new and exciting part of the continent for travelers.”
The 787-8 variant that Scoot uses for the Berlin route has a three-class configuration, offering 21 seats in ScootBiz in a 2-3-2 configuration, 33 standard seats in ScootinSilence in a 3-3-3 configuration as well as 281 seats in standard Economy in a 3-3-3 configuration also.
Nanchang is the next international destination in the carrier’s portfolio to be inaugurated. The carrier currently has 17 787 Dreamliners and 24 A320 family aircraft, with three more Dreamliners on the way and 39 Airbus A320neo aircraft on order. This will take the carrier’s total fleet count to 70 aircraft by 2022 respectively.
The SIA Group network in Germany, which runs Scoot, now offers services to four German cities being Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, and Berlin, offering 29 return services every week.
The flights operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with the departing flight leaving Singapore at 1225am local and arriving into Berlin at 0720 local. The return will depart Berlin at 0940 local that same day and arrive back into Singapore at 0345 local the next day.