You can now Scoot your way to Europe directly from South East Asia with the low cost carrier – the first airline from the region that has introduced flights to Athens since Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines exited the market a few years back.
There were rumblings of a new service from Singapore to Greece starting up again, and it comes as no surprise that SQ has given the low yielding volume based market to its long haul low cost subsidiary.
The new flight will be operated 4x weekly on Scoot’s newly delivered 787s with crew bunks. The aircraft feature 328 seats in ScootEconomy and 18 seats in ScootBiz.
It’s exactly this type of flight that I imagine the Singapore Airlines group envisioned Scoot’s role to be – SQ previously tried for many years to make the route work, and as the Greek economy continued its downward spiral it just couldn’t sustain even 3x weekly services. SQ’s planes are also too heavily premium configured for a long haul leisure destination such as Athens.
Scoot has a much, much lower cost base than SQ and their long haul 787s feature more seats than even SQ regional A330s – this is not a coincidence.
As such Scoot can offer promotions such as the $440 one way AUD fares the airline is offering through the fall from the Gold Coast, just outside Brisbane, Australia to Athens. That well and truly is a ridiculous deal.
We’ll see how this route fares as Scoot’s first foray into Europe – if it is remotely successful look for Scoot to introduce more routes into low yielding European destinations or new destinations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Traffic numbers show that the market is there – it’s just about offering a flight at the right price.