Scoot to launch first flights to Middle East

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Scoot will fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Hangzhou
Scoot will fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Jeddah

Scoot will embark on its first flights to the Middle East next year, when it takes over the Singapore-Jeddah route from Singapore Airlines. 

Effective 1 May 2016, the low-cost carrier will start flying to the Saudi Arabian city three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. And the airline said it plans to “progressively increase” the frequency of the route in future. SIA currently operates thrice weekly Airbus A330 flights to Jeddah.

“Scoot is thrilled to be adding our first Middle Eastern destination to our network,” said Scoot CEO, Campbell Wilson.

“We have long wanted to operate to Saudi Arabia. Jeddah, its second largest city, is both a commercial centre as well as the principal gateway for religious pilgrimages to nearby Mecca. With thrice-weekly non-stop services, Scoot looks forward to improving connectivity between Singapore and this important world city.”

The new Scoot service will operate as flight TZ592, departing Singapore’s Changi Airport at 1640 and arriving in Jeddah at 2030. The return service, TZ591, will then leave at 2200, arriving back in Singapore at 1240 the next day.

Passengers who have made advanced bookings on SIA’s Jeddah flights will be re-accommodated on Scoot’s new services, or can opt for a refund.

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