A month ago, Singapore Airlines announced that its low-cost subsidiaries Scoot and Tigerair would merge into one entity, operating under Tigerair’s air operator’s certificate and under Scoot’s name. On July 25th, the merger was finalized, with all flights now operated under the Scoot name and under Tigerair’s IATA Code, TR.
The new Scoot operates to 65 destinations across 18 countries, with a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft (formerly operated by Tigerair) and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft (formerly operated by Scoot). Scoot reports that routes currently operated by both types of aircraft will continue to be operated that way.
Mr. Lee Lik Hsin, CEO of Scoot, remarked, “Building on what Tigerair and the old Scoot had achieved since their respective inceptions, we are stronger than we have ever been before, and consequently in an even better position to offer our guests more choice, connectivity, and value.” Under the unified brand, all aircraft will be repainted into Scoot’s livery, with the first Airbus A320 unveiled today in its new colors. In addition, flight attendants are getting new uniforms to represent the new brand.
With the merger, Scoot announced five new routes to be launched by the end of the year, including service to Honolulu, Hawaii. Flights will be operated four-times weekly via Osaka’s Kansai International Airport using Scoot’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Scoot currently operates to Osaka via Bangkok Don Mueang and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, and these services will remain. Currently, Scoot’s parent airline Singapore Airlines operates twice-daily non-stop services between Singapore and Osaka.
Scoot’s service to Hawaii follows in the footsteps of the long-haul, low-cost leader in the region Air Asia X, which started service from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu via Osaka earlier this year. The Japan-Hawaii market is one of the busiest international markets in the world, with around 25 daily flights operated by both American and Japanese airlines, but also by other Asian airlines such as Korean Air and China Airlines, which route some of their Honolulu flights through Tokyo. In addition, this is Scoot’s second “ultra long-haul” route, after Athens, Greece, which it serves four-times weekly.
Along with service to Hawaii, Scoot will start non-stop service to Harbin, China three times weekly using 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Closer to home, Scoot’s Airbus A320 fleet will start service to Kuantan in Malaysia, Kuching in Malaysia and Palembang in Indonesia; it will take over the latter two routes from another Singapore Airlines subsidiary, SilkAir.
Tigerair’s merger with Scoot will not affect airlines under the Tigerair brand in other countries, as they are owned by other entities. Tigerair Australia is owned by Virgin Australia, while Tigerair Taiwan is owned by China Airlines. In addition, NokScoot, Scoot’s joint venture in Thailand with Nok Air, will not be affected.