PICTURE: First Scoot 787 makes inaugural flight
January 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Scoot's first Boeing 787-9 on its return to Paine Field after a test flight to Moses Lake on 12 January. © lufthansaflyer.
Scoot's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its inaugural flight from Boeing's Everett factory at Paine Field Airport, Seattle on Monday, 12 January. The "stretched" -9 variant of the 787, registered 9V-OJA and named "Dream Start", conducted a test flight to Grant County Airport, Moses Lake and back, lasting over an hour.
Scoot's order for 20 787s, split equally between the -8 and -9 variants, was inherited from its parent company Singapore Airlines, which placed the order in 2006 for the -9 variant. The 787s will join and subsequently replace the existing fleet of six Boeing 777-200s, which had also been transferred from Singapore Airlines to allow the launch and initial expansion of the airline. The 777s have proven not to be economical for medium and long haul low-cost operations in its 30 months of service with the airline due to its high fuel burn rate.
A hiatus in growth during its second year of operations allowed Scoot to tweak and stabilise its foundations after a year of rapid network expansion, and to wait out the delivery of the much more efficient 787s. The airline has recently unveiled plans to launch a 5 weekly 787 service from Singapore to Melbourne from November 2015, its first new destination announcement in over a year.
Delays in the supply of Economy class seats by Zodiac, including a strike action by the company's workers, has led to a 2-month delay of the 787 delivery till February 2015. Following delivery, the 787 will perform its first revenue flights to Perth and Hong Kong.
- Stay tune as we report from Seattle on the Scoot 787 delivery ceremony.
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