“Long Hauls made convenient”
Scoot first signed orders to acquire 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in October 2012, fitting its 787 fleet with double Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
I was lucky enough to join a media crew on Scoot’s inaugural flight to Gold Coast, Australia and thus can share my personal experience on the huge 787 Dreamliner plane.
Scoot is currently the only low cost carrier that provides a direct flight to Gold Coast Australia, with a flight time that takes around 8+ hours. I imagined such a long time on a budget plane’s cramped seat would be a torturous event, but thankfully I was surprisingly mistaken.
For our trip Gold Coast, I was put on ScootBiz, which features black leather chairs with yellow trims. The head rest and leg rest are adjustable, while the ample leg room was much appreciated. Oh yes, there’s even personal power plugs at each seat on ScootBiz, letting you charge your devices through this long haul.
The leather seats were quite stiff though, and I ironically preferred the blue economy seats in terms of body comfort. Of course in terms of amenities and personal space, ScootBiz was still superior.
Scoot’s 787 Dreamliner also features larger windows and uses electrochromatic shades that electronically tints on demand unlike the physical shades in older aircrafts.
LED lighting within the cabin also mimics daytime or night without being too harsh.
You can also order a Snooze Kit (eyemask, blanket, neck pillow) if you want to get more comfy in dreamland.
A major design feature of Scoot’s 787 Dreamliner is its lightweight body due to the high amount of composite materials used compared to other planes. Even through turbulence, the plane doesn’t wobble as much and it was a pretty stable flight. No vomit bags required.
Another great service you don’t see much on budget airlines is the inflight Wifi that Scoot offers. It’s absolutely useful for myself as a online writer and internet addict.
Wifi charges are at: 1 hour for US$11.95 | 3 hours for US$16.95 | 24 hours for US$21.95
Overall Scoot’s 787 Dreamliner was definitely a considerably better experience than the usual budget airlines with its ample leg space and stable body, and while on ScootBiz I’d almost forgot I’m actually on a budget carrier but came back to reality when I couldn’t order a Gin and Tonic for free. Damn.
Scoot offers many extra amenities previously unheard of on the other Singapore budget carriers, and you’ll just have to pay if you want to use them high in the sky.