01 Nov '11, 4am

SIA unveils long-haul budget carrier

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched a budget carrier that will fly on medium and long-haul routes, including to Australia and China. The airline, named Scoot, will begin flights from mid-2012 with a fleet of four Boeing B777-200 aircraft purchased from parent company SIA. "Scoot is for you," said the new carrier's chief executive Campbell Wilson. It is "not an everyday airline name because this is not an everyday airline," he told a media conference. The budget airline is expected to have 14 planes by 2016, with longer term plans to fly to India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Wilson told AFP after the news conference that Scoot is unable to fly to the United States initially because of the B777-200's limitations, but he was not ruling out serving the US market in the future. Scoot is wholly-owned by SIA but will be managed independently. "We are tapping ...

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