MIAMI — Singapore-based budget airline Scoot came one step closer to receiving its first Dreamliner on Monday, when its first airplane took to the skies over Boeing’s widebody factory here.
The airplane is the first of 20 jets the carrier has on order, split between 10 of the stretched -9 version and 10 of the original -8. The airline will receive the larger -9 aircraft first.
Delivery is expected sometime in February, following several months of delays. Scoot anticipates rolling the airplanes out to regional destinations in the first quarter of the new year, likely to both Perth and Hong Kong.
Passengers will find a two-class configuration inside, seating 375. Business, dubbed ScootBiz, will have 35 seats in a 2-3-2 arrangement. Economy will feature 340 slim-line seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.
The Dreamliners will join an already existing fleet of six Boeing 777s.
A subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, Scoot was founded in 2011 with a goal of competing more effectively against a fast-growing budget carrier climate in the Southeast Asia region. Its small fleet and limited route map has garnered it only a modest presence, particularly against giants such as AirAsiaX.
Its soon-to-be expanding fleet will likely see it attempting to increase its footprint in the region, though the carrier has yet to say where that might be.