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Our winner of the 2012 best travel newcomer award has just given us even more reason to love them. This week, newish Singapore-based budget airline Scoot introduced their in-flight streaming of entertainment to passenger gadgets.
If you can remember back when we flew them, we noted how great it was to be handed an iPad loaded up with TV shows, movies and games to keep us entertained on our medium-haul flight. Now, if you are one of those travelers who wouldn't even think about traveling without your iPad or Android tablet, you can get the hours of in-flight entertainment streamed directly to that device.
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2012 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready for 2013, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2012 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
This may have been the year of airline comings-and-goings, but with the goings come the...you get the idea.
This year, the award for the best newcomer goes to Scoot. The long-haul LCC caught our attention from its first announcement and kept that interest with aggressive and fun social media campaigns until they sped down the runway for the first time, from Singapore to Sydney.
While it has been some time since we last talked about all things Scoot, that doesn't mean they've been quiet and content in their newbie airlineness. Quite the contrary. The yellow planes have been scooting all over the region, from Singapore to some new destinations, and they've even been making some friends!
With more and more planes being added to the Scoot family, the airline is getting cozy with its neighbors at Changi International. Scoot and Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways have decided to make nice, hooking up to expand their respective reach in the region. This partnership opens up new possibilities, like Saudia Arabia, India, Cambodia and Vietnam.
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Think of it as a big yellow dream. Budget airfares on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner are to become reality with Scoot's announcement of adding some new metal to their fleet. That's rightSingapore's newest little LCC has just placed a huge order for 20 new Boeing aircraft to take delivery starting in 2014.
The news comes at the same time Scoot's parent, Singapore Airlines, brags about a huge order of new aircraft for themselves, including A380s and A350s. Along with the Airbus planes, SIA signed the check to ensure their little brother can rock up to airports looking flash. With all their new routes it's making more and more sense to invest in efficient planes to keep prices as low as possible.
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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
· Southwest Airlines:
It’s a big deal when Southwest Airlines picks a new city to serve, as we’re pretty sure people enjoy lower cost flight options and the ability to check a couple bags for free. That’s why citizens of Des Moines, Iowa are excited, as Southwest has just started flying to and from their local airport.
Technically there was AirTran service here before, but now it’s going to be the blue-bellied planes doing the flying. Flights have already started to do their thing and, as of now, it looks like Southwest is connecting Des Moines with a couple flights per day over to Chicago’s Midway Airport. Now all the city needs is some cheap nonstop flights down to Florida during the colder months, and they’ll be all set.
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For those of you that are flying coach, the days of chicken or beef might finally be coming to an end. Airlines are realizing there is a market for premium meals even in the back of the plane and they're willing to take some cash and cook it up for you. But, only if you give them ample notice.
We have told you about a few airlines that have been upgrading their menus to offer coach flyers an improved flying experience, even giving a sample of the foreign land's cuisine. Here is the rundown of the pre-order meals options, by airline, but keep in mind this is really only the start.
We've said it before so just in case you didn't hear it the first time, when flying to a new destination if you can snag a window seat, do it. Your family and friends will thank you when they're forced to flip through countless photos on your Facebook page.
This particular flight takes us over the dead center of Australia and onto the vast volcanic archipelago of Indonesia.
As soon as one set of small islands would pass our viewfinder, our journey brought us to the next unique grouping of islands, all looking more and more tropical as we neared the equator.
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For what feels like forever, we've been talking about Singapore's newest long-haul, low-cost carrier, Scoot. Finally, just last week the day came for our flight reservations and we got our butts in the seats to experience the so-called "Scootitude."
The basics: Offering a no-frills service model that brings passengers from international cities to the Southeast Asian metropolis of Singapore, Scoot is the low cost little bro of Singapore Airlines. We flew from the Gold Coast, Australia (OOL) on up to SIN and back, snagging tickets for basic economy at $88 AUD. For an 8-hour flight from Australia to Singapore, that is basically $11 per hour. Our return flight was in ScootBiz for $388 AUD.
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Well, we finally made it! We just flew Singapore's newest low-cost airline, Scoot. Truth be told, when we booked the $88 AUD flights from Australia's Gold Coast to Singapore, we were a bit skeptical. That skepticism however quickly disappeared once we walked aboard. Warm smiles, a comfortable cabin and professional demeanor among the flight crew all set our worries at ease.
Trust that we'll have a full review once we head back on the return flight, but here are our initial observations:
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When Singapore's newest little budget carrier, Scoot, announced their inaugural fares of $88 AUD each way for flights to and from Australia, naturally, we jumped at the chance to snag a deal. We went through the booking motions and even purchased a FlyBag special where we received about 15kg of checked bag allowance and the ability to choose our seat to Singapore.
As we are traveling soon, it's time to confirm all details. Upon our visit to the Scoot website, we see a new addition has been added to optionsManage Your Booking.
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The fine people at Asia's newest airline, Scoot, have been working hard to start a new airline and expand their network. After a launch that involved enough fanfare to fuel their planes, the airline has been bringing their yellow birds back and forth from Singapore to Sydney and the Gold Coast in Australia. After adding Bangkok and Tianjin, Scoot has now added Taipei, Taiwan to their list of destinations.
Starting September 18th, happy little Scooters can scoot off from Singapore to Taipei. And if you want to fly further than Taiwan, eventually you can follow that plane to Tokyo. After a brief stop to drop off and pick up passengers, the plan is to send the plane right on to the Japanese capital. Right now, bookings are not being taken for Tokyo.
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We've spent months already talking about the little, Singapore-based low-cost airline called Scoot. Here is a brief refresher on what we know; This is the low-cost leg of Singapore Airlines and will offer no-frills service with the option of premium pampering, for an extra cost.
Yesterday, in Singapore, an actual plane painted with the Scoot livery took off for the first time, though after a 1.5-hour delay to tinker with the aircraft. The yellow 777 is doing its thing from Singapore to Sydney, Australia and, next week, will be heading to the Gold Coast, just south of Brisbane.