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Scoot Flight TR3 Sydney to Singapore

Seat: 2D – ScootPlus leather seat with 38 inches of leg room, six inches of recline and a leg rest

Baggage: 30kg + inflight bag

Meal: One, which can be pre-ordered, plus one beverage, including alcohol

Entertainment: download the app, watch it on your own device

WiFi: 30MB of internet use

AIRLINE REVIEW

Fly by the seat
of your pant
s

Love the idea of fly cruise but can’t stand the thought of hours packed like a sardine in cattle class? Well, there is another way… ScootPlus offers you a seat bigger – and more comfortable – than most Premium Economy flights. You can fly ScootPlus – basically a Business Class seat – from Sydney to Singapore for $510. A similar Singapore Airlines Premium Economy flight, according to Flight Centre, would set you back $1,623 one way. There is a downside, of course. The seat is just about all you get.


There is a set meal. And when we tested Scoot a couple of years back, it was great. A plate of chicken rice and a Tiger beer, both delicious Singapore staples, were a welcome introduction to the Asian island known as a foodie paradise.


These days, they’ve decided to match the meals according to the route you’re flying – producing a menu impossible to understand. We had actually ordered char kway teow from the airline’s website, which had promised us a choice, but naturally it’s only served on the Athens sector and the meal we are getting on our flight to Singapore is Oriental Treasure Rice with Chinese sausages and mushroom. It could be worse; that plate of chicken rice has undergone a maniacal transformation and someone has added a crab stick, that fiendish limp substitute for fresh seafood. I opt for a $4 curry puff instead. At least the Tiger is the same.


You can’t really complain when you are saving more than $1,000, but the budget airline mantra – you bought the seat, everything else is extra – applies in spades aboard this jolly, yellow-painted Boeing 787 Dreamliner.


There are three empty seats in front of us with extra leg room. We are not sitting together so we pop into them for a chat. Seconds later, an eagle-eyed Scootee (hostess) moves in and suggests we pay for the extra leg room. “You want a blanket? Pillow? Eye mask? No problem. We take payWave!”


You can download the entertainment app and watch a movie on your phone (or tablet, if you brought one with you) – included in our ScootPlus fare but for an extra fee, of course, in economy.


We travelled on to Phuket with Scoot Economy. The two-hour flight was fine and cost hundreds of dollars less than full-service rivals. Even though our Scootees looked like teenage schoolgirls, they managed the short flight with ease.


On our way back to Sydney we travelled in Singapore Airlines Premium Economy, where magazines abounded, noise cancelling headphones and a full movie and TV service were included. We were served beef and ginger and vanilla ice-cream – and we had a glass of champagne.


Was it worth the extra? Well, you pays your money and you takes your choice. I know where I’ll be flying!

AIRLINE REVIEW

Fly by the seat of your pants

Love the idea of fly cruise but can’t stand the thought of hours packed like a sardine in cattle class? Well, there is another way… ScootPlus offers you a seat bigger – and more comfortable – than most Premium Economy flights. You can fly ScootPlus – basically a Business Class seat – from Sydney to Singapore for $510. A similar Singapore Airlines Premium Economy flight, according to Flight Centre, would set you back $1,623 one way. There is a downside, of course. The seat is just about all you get.

There is a set meal. And when we tested Scoot a couple of years back, it was great. A plate of chicken rice and a Tiger beer, both delicious Singapore staples, were a welcome introduction to the Asian island known as a foodie paradise.

These days, they’ve decided to match the meals according to the route you’re flying – producing a menu impossible to understand. We had actually ordered char kway teow from the airline’s website, which had promised us a choice, but naturally it’s only served on the Athens sector and the meal we are getting on our flight to Singapore is Oriental Treasure Rice with Chinese sausages and mushroom. It could be worse; that plate of chicken rice has undergone a maniacal transformation and someone has added a crab stick, that fiendish limp substitute for fresh seafood. I opt for a $4 curry puff instead. At least the Tiger is the same.

You can’t really complain when you are saving more than $1,000, but the budget airline mantra – you bought the seat, everything else is extra – applies in spades aboard this jolly, yellow-painted Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

There are three empty seats in front of us with extra leg room. We are not sitting together so we pop into them for a chat. Seconds later, an eagle-eyed Scootee (hostess) moves in and suggests we pay for the extra leg room. “You want a blanket? Pillow? Eye mask? No problem. We take payWave!”

You can download the entertainment app and watch a movie on your phone (or tablet, if you brought one with you) – included in our ScootPlus fare but for an extra fee, of course, in economy.

We travelled on to Phuket with Scoot Economy. The two-hour flight was fine and cost hundreds of dollars less than full-service rivals. Even though our Scootees looked like teenage schoolgirls, they managed the short flight with ease.

On our way back to Sydney we travelled in Singapore Airlines Premium Economy, where magazines abounded, noise cancelling headphones and a full movie and TV service were included. We were served beef and ginger and vanilla ice-cream – and we had a glass of champagne.

Was it worth the extra? Well, you pays your money and you takes your choice. I know where I’ll be flying!

FACT FILE


Scoot Flight TR3 Sydney to Singapore

Seat: 2D – ScootPlus leather seat with 38 inches of leg room, six inches of recline and a leg rest

Baggage: 30kg + inflight bag

Meal: One, which can be pre-ordered, plus one beverage, including alcohol

Entertainment: download the app, watch it on your own device

WiFi: 30MB of internet use