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Singapore Air budget carrier Scoot begins flights

June 4, 2012 - Travel Wire Asia
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SINGAPORE (AP) — A new long-haul budget carrier owned by Singapore Airlines is set for its inaugural flight, hoping to grab a piece of Asia’s burgeoning no-frills travel market.

Scoot said in a statement that its first flight will leave Singapore late Monday heading to Sydney.

Scoot said it also plans to start flights this month to Australia’s Gold Coast and later to Bangkok and the Chinese city of Tianjin.

Scoot is beginning operations with a fleet of four Boeing B777-200 aircraft.

Scoot’s two main competitors in the region’s long-haul budget market are Air Asia X, owned by Malaysia’s AirAsia, and JetStar, a unit of Australia’s Qantas.

Singapore Airlines said last month it posted its first loss since 2009 in the first quarter as higher fuel prices sent costs up.

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