Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The Scoot Inaugural Dreamliner Flight to Perth! Take a peek @insidescoot
A "Dream Start" - that's what it was. Scoot has just taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 and these magnificent machines are a beautiful, smooth and luxurious way to fly. My god, I am hooked!
The Boeing 787 is a long range jet airliner with all new design and breakthrough technologies. Boeing states that it is also the company's most fuel-efficient airliner, saving 20-30 per cent of fuel compared to similarly sized planes. That's a huge thumbs up. A smaller carbon footprint makes me feel less guilty for flying!
We were on the Dreamliner's inaugural flight to Perth, Australia.
Scoot's 787 was also deployed to Hong Kong on the same day. All other Scoot destinations will progressively convert to 787 between now and August 2015.
Scoot will then become the first airline in the world to operate an all-787 fleet. ALL 787s! How awesome is that?
For us, we were heading to Western Australia with the Accor Group and Tourism Western Australia. An all-girl gang going to explore Perth and Margaret River! It's my first time to the western side of Australia, and I loved discovering the all the new developments - more in my upcoming posts!
So this is our inaugural Dreamliner flight! Changi Airport is also growing like crazy. Remember the days when gate numbers didn't go beyond 30, and the letters E and F were not in use yet?
Anyway, it was a full flight heading to Perth. It's only five hours away. Many people have family there.
Everyone got a little goodie bag!
They also held fun giveaways to commemorate the flight. There's Scoot's CEO Campbell Wilson personally calling out the winners. If anyone personifies Scootitude™, it's him - friendly, upbeat and energetic.
Boarding time! Super excited to go on the Dreamliner - hey, even the aerobridge is a little bit special, with groovy pink light running across the top!
This is the ScootBiz cabin, which is roomy and comfortable. Even the overhead stowage seems much more spacious.
Do you like the smell of a new jet, like the smell of a new car? Well, it just smells fresh and clean. There's actually cleaner air on the 787; it has the standard High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter AND an additional gaseous filtration system removing odours, irritants and gaseous contaminants which are some of the primary contributors to throat, eye and nose irritation.
The cabin is also much quieter, thanks to vibration isolation technology and engine exhaust noise reduction. This is a godsend, because I have been on planes so noisy, it is hard to sleep!
The plane is engineered for a smoother ride. You barely feel any turbulence. Yes, I was waiting for the familiar shakey jolts after they announced that we were entering some turbulent zones, but they never came. Call me crazy but I actually used to like turbulence (yes, the roller coaster junkie in me), but as I get older, I'm starting to pick safety over thrills.
The Boeing 787 comes with Electrochromic Window Shades that are so cool - no more blinds! You can adjust the level of darkness via an electronic button underneath and the glass simply changes its opacity.
Other surprises - the rainbow lighting in the business cabin!
Here's our media team (plus Accor and Tourism Western Australia reps) with Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson (read more about him on their blog). Campbell is refreshingly honest and without airs. Rarely do we see CEOs so hands-on and passionate. He's been known to help with the service meal trolleys and passenger requests. His crew always speak well of him.
Scoot was kind enough to give us three hours of free inflight wi-fi!
WiFi = Happy Me!
But what I really like about the wi-fi is - it's time-based, has no data cap and is actually affordable!
1 hour - US$ 11.95
3 hours - US$ 16.95
24 hours - US$ 21.95
We've all heard of nightmare charges on flight wi-fi on other airlines. On Scoot, there are no excess charges, and you can even continue the wi-fi on a connecting flight if you have time remaining.
The wi-fi was fast enough to send videos and play games. I had some trouble with Instagram, but other apps were fine. The five-hour flight time certainly passed much faster!
The other lifesaver is - charging sockets in ScootBiz! Your laptop won't run out of juice and you can arrive at the destination with all your devices fully charged!
My other favourite part of flying - airline food! It's fun to see what you get, and how it compares with other airlines' offerings. Somehow no matter how basic the food is, I will still find a way to appreciate it. Hey, I know I'm not the only one. Superadrianme likes airline food too.
There are plenty of food and drink choices on Scoot, but for premium meals, make sure you pre-order online! The menu is a big and colourful glossy production.
This is the hot meal combo set (from S$17) I got. Soy sauce chicken, mushrooms, and quail eggs with rice; a coconut drink (you can choose Coke or Green Tea); and Toblerone for dessert.
I know it resembles like a goopy brown mess, but it tastes better than it looks!
Scoot has probably one of the cutest merchandise that I actually want. A big inflatable plane (S$19)! Kids will love bringing this to the pool!
Touching down in Perth, we were greeted with a water salute for the Dreamliner. It brought back memories. We also had this for Scoot's inaugural flight ever, to Sydney in June 2012. Scoot has come a long way since!
CEO Campbell Wilson said, "Dream Start, like the 19 other 787s to follow over the next few years, is a game changer for Scoot. These aircraft will triple our fleet size, allow us to launch new destinations, add frequencies and continue offering unbeatable value airfares. With newly designed seats, inflight Internet connectivity and in-seat power, as well as larger windows, better humidity and cabin pressure, larger overhead luggage bins, Scoot's 787 sets a new standard in low-cost travel."
He's summed it up well.
With the Dreamliner fleet, Scoot is going to be a very pleasant way to travel!
Scoot was voted 2015 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by AirlineRatings.com. The airline operates medium and long haul no-frills flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Perth, and provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™.
This media trip was made possible by Accor Asia Pacific, Scoot and Tourism Western Australia
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