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Singapore's Scoot Airline Launches with $88, 8-Hour Flights to Australia

Where: Singapore
March 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM | by | ()

The Scootitude is getting even more and more intense with the newest (not-so) litte budget carrier of Singapore Airlines. We have already created a lot of hype over the airline, its uniforms, launch cities, and on-board offering. Yesterday, in Singapore, the website opened for business, but not without a little lot of hoopla.

If you have been following the happenings of big yellow Boeing 777s, you will know that there has been much lead up to the introductory pricing of the inaugural flights. In unique fashion, the Facebook page tempted visitors to sign-up for more info. The carrier then challenged it's fans to get as many registrations as possible and with every registration, initial fares would decrease. The more sign-ups, the lower the fares.

With a lot of taunting of initial fares under $150, inclusive of tax, each way from Singapore to, either Sydney or Gold Coast in Australia, the final price was revealed. Our friends down under at Australian Business Traveler dropped the news as soon as Scoot did. And the big reveal! $88 each way, inclusive of tax and fees.

Now, we've talked about before, this is for a seat on the plane only and no baggage allowance or a meal, called Fly. If you need to pack some souvenirs in the belly of the plane, the FlyBag ticket price would increase to a modest $110. Finally, if you just need to eat airplane food, the cost of a FlyBagEat ticket jumps to $123.

Scoot is still an LCC and, naturally, incidentals will force you to shell out a bit more. If your flying on the FlyBag option and tip the scales, each 5kg will cost $8; up to 15kg where the cost jumps to $16. Irrespective of fare, if you want to choose where you sit, plan for an additional $4. Maybe legroom is your thing, an extra 4 inches for your knees will cost an extra $60 for a 35 inch pitch.

A super exciting part of the launch is introductory business class fares for $388 each way. Along with a cushy seat, all of the bells and whistles are included, checked baggage up to 20kg, meals, complimentary in-flight iPad, and an amenity kit.

Flights officially start taking off from Singapore on June 26th with daily flights to Sydney and 5 times weekly to the Gold Coast. If you are travelling to the region this summer and want to check out a new airline, scoot on over to Scoot and get your tickets, because this will not last long.

[Photo: Scoot]

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