PICTURES: Scoot flies home first Boeing 787-9
February 03, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Singapore Airlines long-haul low-cost unit Scoot has flown home its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Everett, Washington on 31 January. A low-key ceremony marked the delivery of the aircraft — registered 9V-OJA and named "Dream Start" — although the aircraft was legally transferred to Scoot a week prior on 23 January.
The 375-seat configured aircraft arrived in Singapore Changi Airport on the morning of 2 February after an 18-hour ferry flight across the Pacific Ocean, making a 1.5 hour stop in Osaka Kansai Airport for fuel and a change of crew. On board the delivery flight were over 40 passengers including Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson, Scoot staff, journalists and contest winners.
Speaking at a press conference held at the arrival gate, Campbell said, “Dream Start, the first of 20 787s Scoot will receive over the next few years, is a game changer. It will allow us to triple in size, add new destinations, increase frequencies and grow the Singapore hub, all whilst continuing to offer unbeatable value airfares."
Scoot will take delivery of six 787-9s and one 787-8 by August 2015, allowing it to phase out its existing fleet of six Boeing 777-200s. A total of four of the 335-seat 787-8s will enter service with Scoot this year. The 787-8s will enable Scoot to operate more profitably on low-yielding routes and launch services to new markets with untapped potential.
At a roundtable media briefing in Everett, Campbell also confirmed the airline's intent to sell and lease back a number of its 787s. “Ultimately we will have roughly a third of the aircraft on sale and leaseback. It'll free up capital as it is very inefficient to have 20 fully-owned aircraft siting on the books. Secondly, there's the residual value risks when we exit the aircraft". However he noted that the latter is not a pressing concern in the short-term as Scoot is at the start of the technical cycle of this generation of aircraft, and that it intends to operate the 787s for at least a decade.
Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines will power Scoot's 20 787s. The airline has also opted for the TotalCare services package, under which Rolls-Royce will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the engines. © Roy Choo
Scoot will introduce the 787 into revenue service on the Singapore - Perth route on 5 February. Its Singapore - Hong Kong route will follow on 6 February.
Look out for a comprehensive article on Scoot in a future issue of Airliner World.
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