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What are your thoughts on Low Cost Airlines Scoot and their pilots?
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Wednesday, 01 January 2014 02:59



Scoot budget airline launched

Hi Capt Lim,

It was a marvellous book of yours which I have just finished reading - congratulations on a wonderful career.

I was wondering what your thoughts are on low cost airline Scoot and in particular what their pilots are like?

Thanks

Glen (Australia)

Hi Glen,

Thank you for your compliments on my book (Life in the Skies).

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.

PS. If you like what you read, more stories are found in my book LIFE IN THE SKIES (Preview here) and you can purchase a copy here. To check for any latest updates or postings, you can follow my Twitter at @CaptKHLim


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Dear CPT Lim - I do believe that Air Asia X also worked their A330s very hard too and in the interim still have to lease older planes from ex-Dragonair
William , 13 Jan, 2014
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I'm flying with scoot in November this year (singapore to sydney) but I am terrified of flying, especially after recent air disasters. I'm worried about flying with scoot, especially after reading this. It sounds as though there are some very good pilots but there also may be less good ones. The recent air Asia disaster is hinting at pilot training and maintenance issues, I just hope scoot aren't similar. I'm hoping that the recent acquisition of some new Boeing 787s and the training that is being provided, and the fact that scoot are owned by Singapore airlines who are very good, means that they are OK. I don't care what the food is like I just want to get to my destination not the bottom of the sea!
jo , 01 Feb, 2015

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