Flight Review: Scoot TR866 from Singapore to Bangkok Don Mueang by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

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Scoot TR866 used to serve the Singapore – Osaka-Kansai via Bangkok-Don Mueang route, departing in the morning, which got truncated some time last year, with NokScoot taking over the Bangkok-Don Mueang – Osaka-Kansai route. Now, Scoot flies the remaining Singapore – Bangkok-Don Mueang portion using the same flight number, with a different evening schedule departing at 8.35pm which is more convenient for me.

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As I was at Jewel beforehand, I decided to go check out the Jewel Early Check-in Lounge. The Jewel Early Check-in lounge is located on Level 1 of Jewel.

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The FAST Check-in Kiosks at Jewel Early Check-in Lounge.

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Heading to an empty kiosk to re-print my boarding pass.

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Unlike the main terminals where each FAST Check-in Kiosk assign the airline according to check-in rows, the ones here at Jewel Early Check-in Lounge allows for all participating airlines to use the system. (If the participating airline is not stated on the FAST Check-in Kiosk, use the traditional check-in counters on the left.)

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For Scoot, Jewel Early Check-in is available from 18 hours to 3 hours before your flight’s departure. Even though I had way less than 3 hours till my flight, I tried to click “Yes” anyway since I had no check-in bags…

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… and it worked.

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The travel declaration for passengers who have been to Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the last 14 days.

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Once I clicked all my corresponding travel details, my booking popped up.

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Seats can’t be changed on the FAST Check-in Kiosk, you have to go to Scoot’s check-in row and payment counter in Terminal 1 to buy and pay for your new seat if you would like to change your seat.

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Printing out my boarding pass.

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My boarding pass for my Scoot TR866 from Singapore to Bangkok Don Mueang. I’m departing from Gate C2 – how sad.

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Heading into Terminal 1 from Jewel at the arrivals level.

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Heading up the travellator to the departures level.

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This is why Gate C2 is a bad sign.

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As I cleared immigration just in time for my flight, I headed straight to the gate. You can probably only do this in Singapore with no worries on immigration queues and a long walk to the gate.

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Instead of turning right at the C gates junction as usual, Gates C1, C2 and C3 are on the left on the path to Terminal 3.

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Unfortunately, there are no further changes to my gate, so I’m stuck with a bus ride.

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Gates C1, C2 and C3 share the security lanes. Gate C1 is a contact gate, while Gates C2 and C3 are bus gates downstairs.

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Yup, my flight was departing from Gate C2.

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Heading down the escalator to the “bus interchange” after security clearance.

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Signs point to Gates C2 and C3 towards the left at the end of the escalator.

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The gate hold room of Bus Gates C2 and C3.

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There are toilets in Bus Gates C2 and C3, which the regular gate hold rooms do not feature.

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Water refilling stations are provided too as usual.

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Boarding pass checks for boarding by bus seemed to be a lot slower than boarding at the regular gates with aerobridges. Not sure if it’s this gate’s problem or bus gates in Terminal 1 as a whole.

No pictures of the boarding process and in the bus as the area is heavily secured by police.

I sat in the bus for about 20 minutes before driving off at almost the departure time.

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Heading out to the South Apron.

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For reference, this is near the PIE/ECP junction, which means I’ve toured almost the whole Changi Airport already.

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Arrived at my plane finally after a 20-minute drive. 9V-OJI “Ojisan” will be flying me to Bangkok-Don Mueang today.

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Definitely not going to meet the departure time now.

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Heading up the stairs to the plane.

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Only the front door before the ScootPlus is used for boarding.

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Walking through the ScootPlus cabin.

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Walking through the ScootinSilence cabin.

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Scoot assigns check-in seats from the rear of the aircraft if you do not purchase your seat in advance. As I had checked in online early, I was seated right at the end of the aircraft.

However, the seat map which appeared during my online check-in was a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, so I’d assumed I was in the second-last row of the aircraft in the middle. As the steward asked me for my seat number and escorted me to my seat a la Singapore Airlines, which was absolutely impressive, I was surprised that it wasn’t the last row, but the aircraft type got switched up to a bigger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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The legroom available on Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which is impressive for a low-cost airline.

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The view of the aircraft from my seat.

More waiting here as everyone had to wait for the third and final bus with the remaining passengers.

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The new button guards on the armrest so that you don’t set off the Scoot light-and-sound show during boarding. If you had flown on Scoot’s 787 before this, you’d know what I mean.

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To entertain myself on this flight, I brought along my pack of earphones picked up from a previous Singapore Airlines flight for a fake SQ experience with Scoot.

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Once the third bus and everyone had arrived, the cabin lights were changed to blue to prepare for the safety demonstration.

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I was glad to have the two seats beside me left empty on this crowded flight.

The flight took off at 9.19pm – 44 minutes delayed from schedule thanks to the long and slow bussing from Terminal 1 to South Apron (where PIE is).

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Once the seat belt signs were switched off, I moved to the middle seat so that I can recline without anyone behind me. The cabin lights changed to a nice peachy shade of pink and yellow.

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Thailand immigration forms were handed out by the crew just after the seat belt signs were switched off.

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My IFE for this flight made with a phone holder pen and SQ headphones. Thanks SQ for providing quality headphones to take off the plane.

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The front cabin didn’t seem as full as the rear cabin.

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The interior of the clean toilet on board Scoot’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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A hand sanitizer is also available in the toilet.

The flight touched down at 10.17pm – 12 minutes delayed from schedule.

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Disembarking from the aircraft.

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Heading up the aerobridge thankfully.

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Heading up the pier to arrival immigration.

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Here, everyone is not allowed to use the travellator and channeled into a single file for temperature screening.

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Once done, it’s the famous Don Mueang immigration queues as per normal.

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Heading out past the baggage reclaim area since I have no check-in bags.

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Back in the public area and back in Bangkok. From here, I headed to catch the Don Mueang Airport Bus Service A1 to Chatuchak Park MRT Station.

Overall, another pleasant flight with Scoot especially with the unintentional flatbed or 3-times super wide seat I had for this 2 hour flight, though I really don’t like bussing around Changi Airport as it almost always ends up with a delayed flight. I really don’t understand why Changi can’t get their limited bus gate departures right when other airports around the region which do it frequently like Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta can do theirs all so often every hour or so without a hitch.

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