Scoot is basically an ultra-low cost long haul carrier set up by Singapore Airlines (SQ) to compete with Malaysia’s AirAsia X. SQ had felt the competition that had their market share reduced and their solution was to outdo AAX. As such, Scoot’s business model is a carbon copy of Malaysia’s highly successful AirAsia X and even many of the routes are the same.
The fares are cheap but at the expense of their other on-board services.
In October 2012 Scoot partnered with its financially troubled sister, Tiger Airways to promote each other’s flights. According to an airline review, “Scoot had pushed their crew and aircraft to their maximum legal limits, but have not experienced any issues so far. In 2011 Australian safety regulators temporarily grounded Tiger Airways because of repeated dangerous flying by pilots. Scoot sources its pilots from the same talent pool as Tiger Airways; employing pilots who have typically failed to secure employment with reputable airlines like Emirates or Etihad.”
Personally, I have friends in the pilot community who have joined Scoot as pilots. Those that I know are good and safe pilots.
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