I went on a vacation today. But I didn’t leave Singapore…
With gratitude to the zany folks at Scoot, I had a chance to meet the brains and crew behind the upcoming budget airline in Singapore and had such a good time, it felt like I was on a holiday!
Scoot's blogger meet-n-greet event was held at Singapore Flyer, a venue befitting the nature of Scoot's business.
A new icon along the coastline of Marina Bay, the 42-storey Ferris Wheel is the tallest in the world.
A full turn on the Flyer takes 30 minutes and offers an awesome aerial perspective of Singapore's central district.
Marina Bay coming to life at night.
Conceived in May 2011, Scoot will offer medium to long-haul flights (above 6 hours) at up to 40% savings! And I can vouch for Scoot’s INCREDIBLY CHEAP airfares because just last month, I booked a return ticket to Sydney for just S$297.17 (inclusive of all taxes and 15kg baggage allowance both ways). The fare is so affordable, it’s like costing nothing to fly. My anagram for Scoot is Cost 0.
I was already a satisfied customer before even meeting the Scoot team. Now, I’ll have to see if the service and aircraft comforts will not also be discounted when I depart for Sydney on 17 Oct and back on 23 Oct. But from the meet-up session, I have a feeling the flying experience would be first-class services at budget prices.
Scoot operates a fleet of Boeing 777 (3-4-3 seating configuration) so it's not the smaller planes that are used by budget airlines for closeby destinations.
Scoot currently flies to Gold Coast and Sydney but will be opening up routes to China and other desinations soon.
The maiden flight for Scoot will happen on 4 June 2012. Here's wishing the airline a successful launch. It will definitely become my air carrier of choice for further travel destinations.
Before being introduced to the upcoming plans for Scoot, we had a game of Draw This on paper high above the Singapore skyline.
Met an old church cell group mate, Malcolm, and it turned out that he's working as the Marketing Exec of Singapore Flyer! And he blogs too at http://malxc.livejournal.com.
With the effervescent Marina who's such a livewire! She's part of the cabin crew team serving onboard Scoot and I'm sure any passenger experiencing her service would find her warmth and smile very genuine.
It's time to take-off with Scoot! Here with the yellows are Captain Yap Meng Kum, Deputy Chief Pilot; Haresh Tilani, Special Projects Coordinator; Steven Greenway, Head of Commercial; Campbell Wilson, CEO; Marina, Flight Attendant; Sharon, Marketing; See Ling Ling, Assistant Marcomm Manager, and Priscilla, Flight Attendent.
I hadn’t had so much fun at blogger events in a long time and I think that’s because the Scoot team really make an effort to connect with us and the connection didn’t feel artificial. A lot of the meet-n-greet sessions I’ve been to felt like the staff are just doing a job and the PR personnels don’t want to be there. But Scoot’s session was different.
They truly live up to their claim to be “Not Your Usual Airline Name, Not Your Usual Airline”. Personally, I really like the fun and casual approach that Scoot adopts for it’s image. It has got spunk. When I was booking my ticket for Sydney, the notion of fun began the moment I visited the airline’s website to make a booking. But when it comes to safety and service quality, Scoot’s CEO, Campbell Wilson, reminded that it’s serious business.
I would like to thank Scoot for the invite and for making the event so enjoyable. My special thanks go out to Captain Yap who shared with me so many fascinating stories from his previous piloting experience in the armed forces and with commercial airlines (a passenger was thrown into the air, hit the roof of the aircraft and landed on a passenger seated behind him because he did not heed the buckle seatbelt sign when it was turned on).
For great deals on medium to long-haul flights, fly with Scoot at Flyscoot.com.