PICTURE: NokScoot's 777 makes first appearance
November 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment
NokScoot's first Boeing 777-200 returns from an air test at Singapore Changi Airport on 22 November. The airline's livery bears similarity to its shareholder Scoot and has Nok Air's‘beak’ motif on its nose. (Photo credit: Andre Giam via Airliners.net — click on image for high resolution version)
Bangkok-based NokScoot's first Boeing 777-200 made its first appearance over the weekend of 22 and 23 November at Singapore Changi Airport, decked out in the airline's colours. The aircraft, registered HS-XBA (formerly Singapore Airlines 9V-SRF) and named "Proud", conducted an air test on the morning of 22 November after maintenance, cabin retrofit and painting into the airline's colours. The aircraft departed on 23 November for Bangkok Don Mueang Airport where NokScoot will operate from.
Having been transferred to NokScoot in July this year, the 777 conducted proving flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai in its Singapore Airlines cabin configuration. The aircraft was then ferried back to Singapore in September for the overhaul.
NokScoot is a low-cost medium to long-haul joint-venture between Singapore Airlines' low-cost subsidiary Scoot and Thailand's Nok Air. Likely positioned to rival Thai AirAsia X, NokScoot is set to launch flights in the first quarter of 2015. While the airline has yet to reveal where it intends to fly to, Seoul and Tokyo are expected to be its first destinations. NokScoot will continue to source ex-Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200s for its initial fleet, before transitioning to the Boeing 787-8/9s in the later part of this decade.
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