Video of the week: Connections could be key to supporting Scoot’s low cost long haul expansion

Singapore-based LCC Scoot has begun interlining with Greece’s Aegean Airlines and its domestic subsidiary Olympic Air to help deliver important feed to its Singapore – Athens route, one of two markets the Asian carrier now serves in Europe. Scoot is also working on implementing partnerships with both easyJet and Eurowings to feed its Singapore – Berlin service.

These new partnerships are key developments for Scoot as they represent its first with a full service airline outside the Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group and continues a trend that has already seen other Asian LCCs work with airlines outside their own groups.

An insight report on the subject from CAPA – Centre for Aviation, ‘LCC-FSC airline partnerships: Scoot interlines with Aegean and Olympic‘, says Jetstar was the pioneer in this space and all its subsidiaries or affiliates now interline/codeshare with several FSCs in addition to its parent Qantas.

Speaking to CAPA TV on the sidelines of last month’s CAPA – Centre for Aviation Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit in Seville, Vinod Kannan, chief commercial officer, Scoot Tigerair, highlighted how LCC and FSC tie-ups can be complicated, even when that partnership is within an airline group.

“The biggest challenge is the back-end technical systems that we have,” he explained, noting that with cost savings you would expect for a LCC meant it has a system that “was never designed for interlining”.

LEARN MORE about how Scoot Tigerair is engaging customers in a ‘quirky and funny way’ as one of the pioneers of Low Cost Long Haul in this exclusive video interview recorded at the CAPA Low Cost Long Haul Global Summit in Oct-2018.