scoot singapore


The German capital is Scoot’s second destination in Europe and its third long-
haul destination, after Athens and Honolulu

Scoot, Asia/Pacific’s Best Low Cost Airline for four consecutive years and the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines (SIA), has launched ticket sales to its highly anticipated third long-haul destination of Berlin, Germany!

The non-stop Singapore-Berlin flights are scheduled to commence on 20 June 2018.

Up for grabs are attractive promotional one-way tax-inclusive fares starting from $299 for Economy FLY (not including baggage and meals) and $899 for ScootBiz. These fares are subject to availability and will go on sale until 31 January 2018, for travel from 20
June to 26 October 2018.

For an additional 10% off selected FLYBAG and FLYBAGEAT fares, key in the promo code ‘GOBERLIN’.

Berlin will be the SIA Group’s fourth destination in Germany, after Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and
Munich, which are operated by SIA. The four-times-weekly Singapore-Berlin return flights will
be operated with widebody, twin-aisle Boeing 787 Dreamliners, subject to regulatory approval.

The 787 Dreamliner is spacious and boasts state of the art innovations that provide a more
comfortable travel experience, such as improved humidity and cabin pressurisation, large
dimmable windows, 20% less noise and ample overhead compartment space. Scoot’s 787
Dreamliners also offer several amenities and services suited to long-haul travel, such as
inflight Wi-Fi, in-seat power and inflight ScooTV entertainment streamed to guests’ own
devices. Guests can choose from a full-leather ScootBiz seat with 38” pitch, 30kg checked-in
baggage, and meals and drinks included, or enjoy a peaceful journey in the ScootinSilence
economy class quiet zone with seat pitches ranging from 31” up to 35”.

Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Scoot’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “Scoot’s low-cost long-haul business model has finally taken off in the last six months with our flights to Athens and Honolulu. Both have lived up to our expectations and our guests tell us that the 787 Dreamliner
has been key to convincing them to travel long-haul on low-cost. With Berlin, we continue on
our mission to bring more choices for great value long-haul, low-cost travel to more travellers
so they can escape the ordinary!”

Scoot’s current route network comprises 63 destinations across 17 countries, with flights to
Kuantan commencing in February 2018. Scoot operates a fleet of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
and 24 Airbus A320 family aircraft, with four more Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 39 Airbus
A320neo aircraft on order.

The flight schedule for the Singapore-Berlin service is as follows:

1. Singapore – Berlin | Departure: 12.20 a.m. | Arrival: 7.25 a.m. | Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

2. Berlin – Singapore | Departure: 9.25 a.m. | Arrival 3.35 a.m. (+1) | Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

All times local.

I first heard about Scoot’s Longest Virtual Flight last week and it was held yesterday and is expected to end at 1300 hours today. Initially, I was contemplating whether I should take part in the challenge but after seeing all that has happened, I’m really glad I didn’t even though I registered and was invited to participate in person at Golden Village City Square Mall.
[Image Credit to Scoot Singapore]

In case you haven’t heard, Scoot’s Long Virtual Flight was organised to commemorate the first anniversary of its maiden flight to Sydney and one lucky contestant will win S$20,000 in cash, with a further S$30,000 in travel vouchers to be given away.

[Image Credit to Scoot Singapore]

Contestants “on board” must tap [for those using mobile devices] or click [for those using the desktop/laptop] the “Scoot Virtual Flight” every 60 seconds and the contestant who outlasts all others will walk away with the grand prize of S$20,000 cash and free Scoot flights for one year.

Sounds doable and achievable? Probably.

However, when contestants were supposed to “board” the virtual flight at 8pm and get ready for “take off” at 9pm yesterday, there were multiple technical glitches and out of the 10,000 people that registered for the challenge, only 20-30% of people managed to access the challenge. Even then, out of the 2000-3000 contestants that managed to access the challenge, more than 3/4 of them dropped out midway in the challenge due to technical problems and malfunction. This led to a public backlash and even contestants at the contest venue [Golden Village City Square Mall] experienced similar technical difficulties.

[Image Credit to Scoot Singapore]

To pacify the contestants whom consisted of media personalities, bloggers, and the general public at the contest venue, Steven Greenway, Head of Commercial at Scoot, apologized and assured the contestants that the team is working hard to sort out the glitches and as a token of appreciation, gave everyone at the contest venue a free return ticket to Sydney. When news about this reached contestants whom weren’t at the contest venue, a second public backlash took place where a majority of the contestants cited that it was unfair.

A third public backlash took place when the first half of the challenge was completed and this was because contestants whom completed the first half of the challenge did not have their names listed for the second half of the challenge. This means that some of the contestants whom have been tapping or clicking for the last 8 hours have been doing it for nothing.

Currently [as @ 1031 hours], the challenge is still ongoing with 18 contestants tapping away and once this challenge ends, I guess Scoot is going to be put in a rather difficult position as they will have to answer to the rest of the contestants about the technical glitches. While I’m not sure how this crisis will be managed by Scoot but taking a look at the Terms and Conditions for the challenge, Scoot inevitably has an advantage over the contestants that took part and the ball is in Scoot’s hands to decide the course of action.

Anyway, Scoot’s Facebook Page currently has 274,000 likes/fans and if Scoot wants to maintain its stance and decide that they will not be responsible for the technical glitches, they will probably lose 10,000 [or probably lesser] likes/fans and that is only like 3.6%. So, I guess that isn’t much of a concern to Scoot but if Scoot chooses to compensate all 10,000 contestants by offering them a $50 travel voucher each, this would cost them half a million dollars and even then, some people will probably eventually “dislike” Scoot’s Facebook Page and leave due to this bad experience. Hence, what do you think Scoot will do? Pacify all 10,000 contestants by giving them a token of appreciation or just admit their mistake, apologise, and move on without offering any forms of “compensation”? After all, Scoot is a big company and the primary purpose of a business is to make profits and minimise financial losses.

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Well, my guess is that Scoot don’t really have anything much to worry about. After all, they don’t really have much to lose other than the support of a minority of disgruntled people whom spammed Scoot’s Facebook Page with vulgarities and verbal insults.

From Screen Captures
From Screen Captures

What do you think?