Singapore Airlines' low-cost offshoot Scoot has brought forward the start of its new Perth-Singapore service by one week, with the first flights now slated for Thursday December 12.
Citing "massive interest" in the new route, Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson said "barely a week into sales of our Perth route we’ve been overwhelmed by the response – so much so that we’re adding extra flights to cater to demand."
"It reaffirms our belief in Singaporeans’ love for Western Australia, and West Australians’ passion for travel."
Scoot will operate four flights in the week from December 12-19, before toggling to five flights per week thereafter.
Flights will departing Perth at 7.30pm for a 12.45am arrival into Singapore; the return leg will be wheels up at 12.50pm, reaching Perth around 6.20pm.
This will be Scoot's third Australian destination, with the airline already operating daily flights from Sydney and five flights per week from the Gold Coast.
Scoot's fleet of refurbished Boeing 777s have room for 368 passengers, with 32 in the 'ScootBiz' business class cabin – although the seats and legroom are more akin to premium economy.
These are recliner-style seats rather than lie-flat, with an 8 inch recline and a well-padded headrest with a few inches of rise.
The leather-clad seats are 22 inches wide and have a 38 inch pitch. We measured 'knee-room' as 19 inches from the front of your seat cushion to the most forward point of the seat in front of you.
The first economy cabin, located directly behind ScootBiz, has been declared a child-free zone with children under 12 banned from travelling in this part of the plane. This cabin is also given over to four rows of extra-legroom seats, which can be booked from an additional S$18 (A$16) on top of a standard economy fare.
The 32 inch pitch of most Scoot economy seats leaves around 11 inches from the leading edge of your seat cushion to the seat in front, so the legroom is bearable.
If you want or need more legroom, opt for one of Scoot's 'super' economy seats (up to 35 inch pitch) or the bulkhead-facing 'stretch' seats seen below.
Of course, a Super or Stretch seat will cost extra on top of your regular economy ticket, as do other non-essentials such as checked baggage and inflight meals.
And legroom is the only difference: the seats themselves are identical, with around 17 inches between the armrests (the base cushion itself is just under 19 inches across) and an eight inch recline.
Most of Scoot's economy seats are arranged in a 3-4-3 configuration (with the seating numbering ABC-DEFG-HJK), which means you don't want to get stuck in the middle two seats unless you're happy to stay there for pretty much the entire flight.
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