Scoot to receive first B787 Dreamliner in November

Budget airline Scoot at Changi International Airport. Scoot, the Singapore-Airlines (SIA) owned budget carrier, will receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane in November this year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
Budget airline Scoot at Changi International Airport. Scoot, the Singapore-Airlines (SIA) owned budget carrier, will receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane in November this year. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

Scoot, the Singapore-Airlines (SIA) owned budget carrier, will receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane in November this year.

The new plane, a Boeing 787-9, which is a stretch version of the Dreamliner, will be configured with 375 seats, Scoot said in a statement on Monday. It will also feature 35 all-leather seats in the airline's premium cabin ScootBiz, each of which will have an extendable leg-rest and a cradle to allow a passenger to recline more. All seats will have access to power points and Internet connectivity, said the airline.

The budget carrier had taken over the order for 20 Boeing-787 aircraft from SIA in late 2011, and had converted the order to 10 B787-9 aircraft, and 10 slightly smaller B787-8 aircraft.

The first B787-8 plane, with a capacity of about 330 seats, will be delivered in mid-2015, and Scoot expects to have received six new B787-9 planes by then.

The airline expects to operate all its flights on the B787 aircraft by mid-2015. Its current fleet of six B777 aircraft will be progressively retired as the new planes, which will be used to launch new routes and bump up frequencies on existing ones, are delivered.

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