Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary, Scoot, offers a Business Class product that is comparable to Premium Economy on the major carriers but with better seats and cheaper ticket prices. Scoot has just launched super-cheap tickets to get from Europe to Singapore, with one-way economy fares starting at $288 SGD ($215 USD), inclusive of taxes.
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Flights will be operated by the Scoot B787-8, which features a two-class configuration comprising 21 seats in business and 314 in Economy. Customers looking for an upgraded experience can choose from several chargeable add-ons, such as meals and streamed in-flight entertainment, or can upgrade to their premium cabin class; ScootBiz.
Review of Scoot Airlines Economy Service
The configuration of the economy cabin is a tight 3-4-3. The seats look cheap and are not particularly comfortable, with very thin cushions. It is worth booking “Super seats,” which are much better value for money than the “Stretch seats.” At 168cm (5’6?), you get a roomy 15cm (6?) free space between your knees and the seat in front. “Super seats” are near the front of the plane and close to the toilets, which is handy with the thin aisles. The seats don’t have a headrest, so you must bring your neck pillow or buy Scoot’s neck pillow/eye mask/blanket set for $18 SGD.
Food review On Scoot
The food on Scoot is not great. On our last trip, there was an evening meal choice between a charred and goopy beef lasagna or an unappetizing but better soya sauce chicken with rice. You can also choose between mineral water or Pepsi, and the meal comes with a standard pudding and a packet of freeze-dried “fruit crisps.” It is worth mentioning that the Scoot planes come with drinking water on tap so that passengers can fill up their water bottles for free. Other food options include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Nissin instant noodles, and beer.
Review Of ScootBiz on the Boeing 787-9 & 787-8 Dreamliner
The 787-9 (Scoot’s newest aircraft) and 787-8 Dreamliner offer the same ScootBiz seats with a 2-3-2 layout. This product is marketed as an affordable business class and compares well with premium economy offered by other airlines. The leather seats themselves are soft and super comfortable. The seating reclines but does not lie flat and offers plenty of space and a useful footrest for relaxation. Choose seats A&K for a window. There is little to choose between the aisle seats, but you might want to avoid the ‘E’ seats in the center of each group of three. These seats require you to step past others to access the aisle. You may also want to avoid the back row in the cabin as this is where the baby bassinets are placed, so there is a risk of being sat next to a tiny baby.
In ScootBiz, you still pay extra for the snooze kit (eye mask, blanket, and pillow). “Premium menu” meals are included in the price of a ScootBiz seat and are ordered as part of the online booking process.
Meals are served economy class style on a tray. The western breakfast (pictured below) comes with tea or coffee. The sausages are good. The eggs were OK, as were the baked beans. The hash brown is soggy. Side orders of coleslaw and sliced fresh fruit are fresh and tasty. You can also buy other snacks and drinks. As mentioned above, glasses of water are provided free upon request.
ScootBiz is not a high-end Business Class product. It slaps bang between premium economy and business with excellent seats but is let down by mediocre food. But then Scoot is a low-cost airline offering great value for money. The seats don’t lie flat but are comfortable, the plane is new, and you will get better rest on ScootBiz than many larger airline’s premium economy products due to the comfy and spacious seats.
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