Lets go back to Singapore Airlines low cost carrier – Scoot.
More details have been released about onboard services – and it’s relevant as its an In-Flight Entertainment system.. And it’s called an Apple iPad.
The iPads will be preloaded with what Scoot calls “popular films, TV shows, music and games”.
Those in ScootBiz will get these devices for Free-of-Charge for use in plane. Meanwhile if you’re on any of the Scoot Economy Class packages (Fly, FlyBag, FlyBagEat) and you want access to the system – its a rental charge of S$22 a leg.
It goes without saying for shorter legs this could be poorer value rather than longer legs where something to occupy you for 9 hours (on a SIN-SYD leg) could be welcome.
Scoot in the medium term will be looking towards installing a wifi stations on-board its planes too, offering wireless Internet Access. This will be free for ScootBiz, and paid for down the back of the plane.
Scoot is due to commence on the 4th of June, heading off to Sydney in the first instance, then Gold Coast, Tianjin and Bangkok.
The question is simple though – even with all these things, will Scoot work? Long Haul LCC’s have had varying degrees of success over varying distances. Asia/Australia seems to be working out well, whilst heading over to Europe doesn’t seem to have worked out well for others.
This is going to be one to watch.