Was anyone else excited wen they heard Scoot Airlines – (a low-cost carrier, no less) – was flying direct from Singapore to Athens – with NO stops in-between?! I know I was! Even full-fledged airlines have a stopover, and cost twice as much. It’s a fairly new route, with its inaugural flight departing in late June. Reviews have been scarce, but I’m here to give you the lowdown. Now, let me be blunt for a minute. At such a low price-point for tickets, they’ve got plenty of business for their economy seats (seats can go as low as $200+ for a SG-Athens flight), so today, I’m here to talk about their premium options – ScootBiz and Scoot in Silence (aka “Premium Economy”). Are they worth the additional $ upgrade? You’ll find out soon enough!
Like anyone who’s taking a budget long-haul flight for the first time naturally would, I had my doubts in the beginning. Would it work? I usually have trouble sleeping, and Scoot has no visible TV screen on the seat in front of you(though you may get ScooTV for that to watch on your device), and low-cost carriers don’t exactly have the highest points when it comes to comfort. But hey, Scoot’s part of Singapore Airlines and they were going to use 787 Dreamliners! I knew I HAD to give it a try.
I took two types of flights: First, business class to Scoot from Singapore to Athens, and secondly, Athens to Singapore on Scoot’s version of “premium economy” seating; #ScootInSilence. Were they worth the upgrade? Read on to find out!
#ScootBiz Singapore to Athens
With ScootBiz, you get:
- Full leather seats with double the legroom (At least 38” (96cm) of legroom, 22” (56cm) of width, 6” (15cm) of recline and fully adjustable headrests and legrests.)
- 15kg carry-on + 30kg check-in
- Welcome drink and meals
- In-seat power for charging
- Arrive first + Board me first
- ScooTV services on your devices (phones/tablets/laptops)
- Exclusive restroom restricted to Business Class passengers (yay, no long queues!)
Firstly, I have to commend the excellent timing of the departure flights from Singapore. It’s a red-eye flight, departing at 2.45am and arriving at 8.45am Greece local time. Perfect timing to sleep during the flight, and arrive in the morning, ready for the day (with help from coffee of course, because no matter how much sleep you get on a flight, you’ll still be tired because of all the pressure/time changes etc.)
Impressions upon embarking the plane:
Cozy, private business cabin, separated from the rest of the flight. Comfortable seats, wide spaces, love the legres! Reclined, it pretty much feels like a comfortable massage chair dads love to sleep in. Cabin crew was cheery and greeted us all with a smile on their faces.
As you can tell, we had lots of space on these leather seats!
Our food selections (We had a snack after take-off, and a proper meal 2 hours before landing):
I quite liked them both, especially the wrap stacked to the brim with hearty ingredients. The meal was pretty good too, especially my Beef Stew Pasta. I’m not usually fussy when it comes to airplane food, so this satisfied me. Plus, I could eat cheese and crackers all day! They did the job, and I didn’t need snacks throughout the 11-hours flight, though you can purchase them if needed. Pretty addicted to the cashew nuts now by the way – it’s sooooo good!
Facilities on-board Business Class:
Out of the flight time of 11 hours, I think I spent a good 7-8 hours of it sleeping, so much so I didn’t even have time for ScooTV. The rest of the time was spent eating, chitchatting with my boyfriend, and of course – using their Wi-Fi to text and get on IG. Yup, they’ve got Wi-Fi on board! It comes with a small fee, but it was easy to connect and suited my texting/IG needs perfectly.
To be completely honest, I was very much surprised at how much I enjoyed the flight. 11 hours flew by (pardon the pun) remarkably fast! It’s Business Class, so there’s obviously certain expectations, yet at the same time, it’s known to be a budget airline, so I didn’t want to get too excited. Add in the fact that I’m a light sleeper and it gets more complicated, but nope, it was a great flight with almost zero turbulence (thank you pilots!) and I woke up ready to start my adventure (aka catch my next flight to Santorini heh).
ScootBiz Verdict: 10/10 would do it again. By the way, it was a full flight both on Economy and Business (how often do you see business class being full?!)
Ps: We loved the crew on our flight too – all smiles, always! And I’ve always admired how they stay so fresh after a long flight!
— Now on to part 2, the flight home to Singapore!
#ScootInSilence: Athens to Singapore
With Scoot In Silence, you get:
- An exclusive and silent cabin (no kids under 12 allowed)
- Each seat comes with an adjustable headrest and some seats are Super/Stretch seats as well (more space!)
- Arrive first – these seats are near the front of the cabin, so you get to disembark first.
On our return flight, we had the Scoot in Silence + Stretch seats, right in front. Leg space was great – I missed the legrest a little I’ll admit, but no big deal because we had ample space to stretch out our feet. Service was quick too. Whenever anyone pressed the attendant call button, an attendant came within 2 minutes. That’s quite a record. I’ve been on flights where attendants take a minimum of 15 minutes to answer a call(I’m sure we all have!), so this was refreshing.
Food Options (We had lunch, followed by a snack 2 hours before arrival):
We had our last taste of Greece on our flight back with their catered meals from Greece – Moussaka, Chicken Orzo (kind of like rice, but in pasta form), and salad with Feta! I cannot never get enough of Feta cheese! All yums – and just look at the size that sandwich!
This time, since it was a morning flight, I had time to check out the ScooTV($11USD/$15SGD) selections since I was forcing myself not to sleep till the later hours so I wouldn’t get jet-lagged. They’ve got loads of selections to choose from, and I never got bored. Make sure you download the apps on your Iphone/Ipad or Android phone/tablet on Google Play before you get on-board so you’ll be able to start watching immediately once on the plane!
For an additional small fee, you’ll get access to power to charge your device as much as you’d like so you won’t have to worry about running out of juice! It’s a great deal I would say.
ScootInSilence Verdict: Truthfully speaking, these are not as comfortable as business class seats(duh!), but compared to Economy, they’re still a luxury. Take my word for it – every inch of extra space goes a long way, especially on a long-haul flight when you’re expected to stay in a seated position 90% of the time!
I would travel with the upgrades again, because it’s just SO worth it. There’s just something about planes and their ability to make or break a trip. Comfort on a flight is key – trust me, I’ve learnt that the hard way. That’s why so many people are willing to spend thousands on business class and even first class flights. Even if you can’t afford a more expensive ticket class – you’d still be willing to spend a little more on a better-timed flight, wouldn’t you? A good flight can start you off on your next adventure with a spring in your step, while a lousy one makes you feel bad – whether it’s because you’re annoyed right at the start, or worse, suffering from jet-lag. It subconsciously alters your trip one way or another.
That said, if you’d rather not wish to splurge on business class, the premium economy class is still a great option – you can’t put a price on being away from screaming and toddlers during a flight when all you want is sleep.
I haven’t tried the regular economy seats, so I can’t attest to them, but they’re pretty much similar to full-fledged flights, the only exception being that you would have to purchase entertainment + food options, which are reasonably-priced and still be way cheaper than a full-fledged flight.
If the price of a premium upgrade was equal to a regular seat on a full-fledged airline ,would I still pick Scoot? The answer is a resounding YES. Why?
Great timing, exclusivity, additional legroom(size does matter!) and the huge bonus: it’s the only airline from Singapore that flies direct to Athens, saving you from hours of transit time, stopovers, having to embark and disembark etc.
As they say, time is money, and with Scoot, you get more bang for your buck!
Ps. ScootBiz was fully booked for the flight back as well, that’s how affordable it is! The “premium economy” seats were also over 90% booked both times. Just sayin’.