Flight Review – Scoot TR617: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Singapore by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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Heading back to Singapore, I got on Scoot again, but this time, my departure was from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Scoot is the only airline to operate from both airports in Bangkok, offering lots of flight timing options with fares comparable most of the time for both airports, so I can choose whichever is convenient for me to access.

As this was a Sunday night, Scoot TR617 from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Singapore is usually swapped out with an upsized Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner rather than the usual Airbus A320s which fly the Suvarnabhumi route to cater to the larger end-of-weekend crowd. (The other day which the bigger plane flies is on Friday nights.)

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As I got to the airport quite late, I was one of the last to check-in for my flight. After my check-in was done, the ground staff told me to “please run”. Okay, yes ma’am.

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My boarding pass for my Scoot TR617 flight from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Singapore.

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Quickly heading up for security screening and immigration.

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The sight of goodbye from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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My flight was boarding already? Oops.

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Heading to Concourse C.

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Heading down to the gates at Concourse C.

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Quickly heading to my gate.

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Arrived in time at Gate C5, with random bag checks being carried out before entering the gate hold room. Not sure what the staff was checking for, but I’m assuming it’s food?

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Heading down to the gate hold room.

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Getting my boarding pass scanned while the rest of the passengers are already boarding the plane.

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9V-OJA “Dream Start” on duty for my Scoot TR617 flight this evening. 9V-OJA is Scoot’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in the fleet to slowly replace the ex-Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200s which are now flying for NokScoot.

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The half-empty gate hold room as most passengers have boarded the aircraft.

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Heading to board after filling up my water bottle.

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Only 1 aerobridge was in use for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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Heading down the aerobridge.

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Boarding “Dream Start”.

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Passing through the ScootBiz section of the aircraft.

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Hmm, perhaps I should have paid for an upgrade beforehand to enjoy an empty ScootBiz cabin.

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My seat 44C right at the rear at the aircraft. However, trust Scoot again to make the least desirable seat to be the most coveted seat as this is one of only two rows of seats which are arranged in a pair, have adjustable headrests and actually offer a full proper recline rather than restricted recline on the B787-8s.

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The legroom of Seat 44C. This B787-9 Super seat legroom seems more generous than on the B787-8 which I flew to Bangkok with.

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The window seat 44A has extra room beside it due to the tapering towards the rear of the aircraft which can be used during cruising.

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A nice “balcony” at Seat 44A.

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Seems like some improvements have been made to the call buttons on the armrests with additional guards around the buttons to prevent the great light and sound show during boarding when everyone accidentally activates the call button when resting their arms on the armrests.

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The space between my seat and the bulkhead which does not restrict recline.

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This was a rather full rear cabin. However, I did spot some empty rows in the front cabin but didn’t shift up because it was pretty far (so it’ll be awkward), and I somehow managed to snag this Super seat at check-in so I had absolutely no reason to go pick a Standard seat instead.

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Cabin lights were darkened during take-off.

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The clean toilet on board 9V-OJA.

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Snacks and drinks sales were conducted, but this took a long time as I was seated right at the rear, and somehow, almost everyone had something to order from the cart. Impressive.

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My seat still not touching the rear bulkhead at full recline, along with the adjustable headrests.

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I ordered a hot meal from the crew as it was dinner time and I hadn’t had anything at Suvarnabhumi due to the rush. Amazingly, almost everyone around me ordered a hot meal too, not something I expected for a Singapore-bound flight.

The stewardesss informed me that it would take about 20 minutes for my meal to be served. That was fine. Wasn’t going to pay for instant noodles.

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I ordered a Makhani Chicken with Basmati Rice for S$12.

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Unlike some vlogger who posted an unnecessary complaint about having to tear the plastic to open the meal box and thereafter failing at it, the plastic film clearly had an instruction (“Hot Tip!”) to use the provided knife to cut open the plastic, which I did with ease. Try following instructions and you’ll do well.

That being said, the meal tasted good to me because I was hungry. But in a normal situation, I’m not sure if I would buy it as it didn’t taste unique like AirAsia’s, and the portion was also rather small for the price of 12 bucks. That’s like the sale fare on Scoot from Palembang to Singapore.

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Despite me groaning at the prices on Scoot, I went on to buy a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner model for S$25 as it was a model of 9V-OJA “Dream Start” – the exact plane that I’m on, and actually my first Scoot Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight.

Argh, this has been a high expenditure flight.

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The gap between my seat and the bulkhead in the upright position.

The flight landed in Changi Airport at 11.50pm – 5 minutes late.

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Disembarking from the aircraft.

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Thanks 9V-OJA.

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Heading to the transit area through this small passageway as the plane was parked at Gate E8, the furthest gate out at the end of the North Pier.

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Oh, these are some old-school first-generation T2 signs which I haven’t seen for a long time. I thought they were all replaced ages ago.

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This Arrival Hall sign still works.

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Heading for the long travellator walk to immigration.

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Passing by the Oasis Lounge, a free-to-use snoozing lounge good for sleeping (though it does get crowded at night).

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Heading down for arrival immigration.

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No bags to claim since I’m flying on a budget, but notice how the “Last Bag On Belt” sign seems to be always on even before reaching the belt.

Overall, a good fuss-free flight which felt getting to Singapore rather quick due to my late arrival at the airport, but thankfully I still made it in the end. Now, time for some root beer float before heading home.

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