1. Because it feels like travelling in the 21st century
Scoot is a young company and you can still feel their freshness in the positive sense of the word. Based on my personal experiences, flying with Air France for example is so ancient, you arrive at your destination like an old French lady, but with this yellow line it’s like being an anime character (what a metaphor). Their planes are new, comfortable, and in the 787 Dreamliner you really feel like in the Space Odyssey. I am in love with this aircraft, my absolute favourite so far. Just to mention one essential: the windows are bigger and instead of plastic shades, they use electrochromism-based smart glass. Love it! Scoot offers discount flights, so of course you don’t have a screen (why not to watch movies on your mobile/tablet/laptop?), and no pillow & blanket are waiting for you in your seat (why not to wear more layers or just prepare your own blanket and neck pillow?), and you will have to pay for the service (why not to get your preferred drink and food before boarding?), but think about it: do you really need all this stuff paid in a flight ticket?
2. Because it has not too many destinations
This also means not so many people. Big love again! The HQ is Singapore, and of course in Asia they fly to all the common cities, but outside of Asia they have only 3 European (Athens, Berlin and Vladivostok), 1 US (Honolulu) and 2 Middle-East (Dubai and Jeddah) destinations. So far I’ve flown only on the Athens-Singapore line and can state it’s amazing. From Singapore the plane was pretty full (what a surprise, lots of Asian tourists come to Europe), but from Athens I had a full row just for myself (also huge thanks to the super-friendly lady at the check-in desk). Yes, you can have luck anytime with any airline, but I haven’t had a so comfortable 12 hours flight in my life before.
3. Because of no food
Discount airlines work in the same way: you have a seat, but you have to pay separately for anything else. On long flights people are used to getting 2 meals, limitless refreshing, movies etc. I was a bit worried too, how will I survive this endurance of flight closed inside a metal box, so for the first flight I prepared a lots of food, water, TV show and a fully charged iPod, then halfway concluded that I don’t need them at all; I was okay just with some snacks and water, watched only one movie, and in the meantime just relaxed. Next time I bought only 2 pretzel and some crunchies, and I haven’t felt in my body so good before. It’s more comfortable to fly with a happy (and not heavy) belly; the arrival is more fresh (even at 4 am), and seriously (of course it depends on the person) I don’t miss and need warm dishes and drinks at 40.000 feet high. Just give it a try!
4. Because of the cheap tickets
It follows directly from the previous 3 points. Scoot is a discount airline, but as far as I know the only one that has a Europe-Asia route.. how long have we been waiting for this (and how stupid I am not to check this out earlier)! The Asian (short route) ticket prices can vary exponentially, but the European prices seem to be stagnant.. and this is amazing!
5. Because I love it
I’ve flown with Scoot only 3 times, but I already love it. It’s modern, feels clean, has very good prices, kind attendants and so far the pilots driving (and especially landing) skills are okay too. With time everything loses from their coolness, but for me right now this is one of the most enjoyable airlines.
Scoot is not for everyone, but for others it is perfect!