On the 25th of July, Singaporean carrier Tigerair merged into Singapore Airlines wholly owned low cost subsidiary Scoot. The merger, which was announced on the 4th of November 2016, is part of Scoot’s long-term growth strategy, to enable a more seamless travel experience.
As part of the merger Tigerair is rebranded as Scoot while the airline uses Tigerair’s Air Operator Certificate (AOC), meaning Scoot’s IATA code changes from TZ to TR. In addition to this, Tigerair’s fleet of Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft will be repainted in Scoot’s livery by mid-2018.
The first aircraft to be painted in the post merger livery is Airbus A320-232 9V-TAZ (MSN 4879). In the above picture, she was spotted arriving at Guangzhou Baiyun Int’l Airport, in Southern China.
During the merger celebrations, Scoot CEO, Lee lik hsin, announced several new destinations in Asia: Harbin in Northern China, Kuantan and Kuching in Malaysia and finally, Palembang in Indonesia. Meanwhile, a new route to Honolulu was announced, which is to be Scoot’s first route to the USA.
The new routes are said to begin by June next year and bring the airline’s network to 64 destinations in 18 countries.
Scoot has also unveiled a new uniform for flight attendants, which are intended to help enhance the airline’s branding. The new uniform features the same yellow and black colours, this time in a different design to the previous uniform.
The airlines tagline has also changed from “Get Outta Here” to “Escape the Ordinary.” Tigerair CEO Lee Lik Hsin commented on the new tagline, saying “it fits the current global market” and “it appeals to our inner wanderlust and inspires us to travel and explore the world.”
As part of the merger, Scoot’s fleet will expand to 37 aircraft, made up of 25 A320ceo family aircraft from Tigerair and eight 787-8s and six 787-9s from Scoot themselves. Also, Scoot now has orders for the A320neo, with the first expected to be delivered in mid-2018.