Scoot took over the order for 20 787 aircraft from parent company SIA in late 2011, converting the order to ten 787-9 and ten slightly smaller 787-8. It has since been configuring them for the medium haul, low cost business model.
The first 787, a 787-9, will be delivered in November 2014 making Scoot the variant’s second operator worldwide.
Scoot’s 787-9 will be configured with a total of 375 seats. ScootBiz will feature 35 all-leather premium seats, enhanced to include an extendable leg-rest and a “cradle” recline position, arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration, whilst the 340 Economy Class seats will be in a 3-3-3 layout. Scoot’s popular special seats types - S-T-R-E-T-C-H and ScootinSilence - will remain and be enhanced with adjustable headrests, whilst all seats will enjoy access to inseat power and streaming internet connectivity.
The 787-8, the first of which will be received in mid-2015, will feature the same seat products and features, with a total seating capacity of approximately 330.
Campbell Wilson, CEO of Scoot, said, “The 787’s ambiance, improved cabin humidity and larger windows, plus the new seats and amenities, will afford guests an even better experience than they already enjoy on our widebody 777s. But, just as importantly, the economic advantages of this later generation aircraft – including a fuel-burn saving of around 20% per seat – ensure that costs and thus airfares can be kept low so that more people can travel more often.”
Deployment of the first aircraft is currently being confirmed, but by mid-2015 all Scoot flights will be operated by 787s. Scoot’s current 777 fleet will be progressively retired as 787s are delivered.