Nok Air, Scoot set up new discount carrier

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scootThailand’s budget airline Nok Air and Singapore’s Scoot, the low cost long haul unit of Singapore Airlines, said on December 16 that they will establish a new budget airline in Thailand.

The new budget carrier, to be called NokScoot, will be based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport and will operate widebody aircraft on medium- and long-haul international routes, according to a joint statement by the two companies.

Nok Air, the separately listed budget unit of Thai Airways, will hold a 51 per cent stake in the new joint venture airline while Scoot will own 49 per cent. The initial investment will be $62 million, the statement said.

NokScoot will likely start commercial flights out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport, Nok Air’s existing base, in the second half of 2014. It will initially operate two or three Boeing 777-200 wide-body aircraft sourced from Scoot’s fleet, although the aeroplanes will be repainted with Nok Air’s distinctive colourful bird-like motif but carry the NokScoot name.

The Airline aims to compete with Thai AirAsia X and initially operate flights Japan, South Korea and northern China, routes that are seen to offer strong traffic potential.

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Thailand’s budget airline Nok Air and Singapore’s Scoot, the low cost long haul unit of Singapore Airlines, said on December 16 that they will establish a new budget airline in Thailand.

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scootThailand’s budget airline Nok Air and Singapore’s Scoot, the low cost long haul unit of Singapore Airlines, said on December 16 that they will establish a new budget airline in Thailand.

The new budget carrier, to be called NokScoot, will be based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport and will operate widebody aircraft on medium- and long-haul international routes, according to a joint statement by the two companies.

Nok Air, the separately listed budget unit of Thai Airways, will hold a 51 per cent stake in the new joint venture airline while Scoot will own 49 per cent. The initial investment will be $62 million, the statement said.

NokScoot will likely start commercial flights out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport, Nok Air’s existing base, in the second half of 2014. It will initially operate two or three Boeing 777-200 wide-body aircraft sourced from Scoot’s fleet, although the aeroplanes will be repainted with Nok Air’s distinctive colourful bird-like motif but carry the NokScoot name.

The Airline aims to compete with Thai AirAsia X and initially operate flights Japan, South Korea and northern China, routes that are seen to offer strong traffic potential.

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