Flight Review: Scoot TZ302 from Singapore to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi by Boeing 777-200

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Scoot TZ302 was the first short-haul flight in its then-small network when it was first launched as a new low-cost airline for medium and long-haul routes, serving just two routes to Australia on top of this short turnaround flight to Bangkok. I got on this new airline about 1 month since its inception to give it a try, both on this new airline and for a rail trip from Bangkok.

This trip was done on 8 July 2012, 3 years before RailTravel Station was launched, so I seek your understanding if the pictures are not up to usual standards since I had no plans to write about them when I took the trip 8 years ago.

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The check-in screen at the check-in row at Changi Airport Terminal 2.

Scoot offers 4 fare types namely Fly, FlyBag and FlyBagEat for Economy Class, and ScootBiz (now ScootPlus). However, the check-in row simply stated FlyBag for all Economy Class whether they were on Fly, FlyBag or FlyBagEat.

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Heading down the pier after immigration.

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A then-new rare airline on the Changi Airport departure screens. Now it just overpopulates yellow on the screens (before COVID-19).

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My boarding pass for my Scoot TZ302 flight from Singapore to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

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9V-OTC “Goin’ Scootin'” would be flying me to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, and would be my very first flight with Scoot, and first solo flight to Thailand.

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The interior of Scoot’s Boeing 777-200. These formerly flown with Singapore Airlines before being refitted into Scoot’s configuration.

NOTE: Scoot no longer has these seats in their fleet. However, these are still readily found on NokScoot.

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The yellow seats in front are Stretch seats with a little bit of extra legroom. The upfront seats are sold as Super seats with even more legroom.

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Seated in the regular section.

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Scoot’s Boeing 777-200 fits passengers in a 3-4-3 configuration, as compared with the previous Singapore Airlines configuration of 3-3-3. However, the seat didn’t feel as tight as I thought it might.

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There is an entertainment box by the seat legs, though I don’t know what it’s for or if it even contains anything.

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A cup holder is available at the back of the seat tray. Something that wasn’t fitted onto the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner seats.

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The opened tray table fitting nicely on the seat after adjusting the distance.

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The call button and reading light controls are located at the side of the armrests – a better and more logical design than the Boeing 787 Dreamliner ones on top of the armrests which sets off a sound and light show during boarding.

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The comfortable legroom on board Scoot’s Boeing 777-200.

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Looking down at the former layout of Changi Airbase and Runway 02R.

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Looking back at the Changi Airport area before all the Terminal 5 construction turned the “forest” into a “desert”.

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The Singapore skyline from the sky.

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Heading north towards Bangkok.

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The view out of the Boeing 777-200 window.

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It was an uneventful flight to Bangkok as I was on a FlyBag ticket with no meals.

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Disembarking at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi through the front door, and through the ScootBiz cabin.

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ScootBiz was laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration. Not very businessy and with Singapore Airlines Economy Class at 3-3-3, the seat width isn’t that much of an upgrade.

NOTE: Scoot and NokScoot have rebranded ScootBiz to ScootPlus. These seats are now ScootPlus on NokScoot.

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Heading down the long travellator trek towards immigration.

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Once out of immigration, picking up my bags, and customs, I headed to the AIS counter to buy a SIM card for my trip. This was before the era of cheaper SIM card agents around the airport and definitely before KLOOK and other online methods of getting a cheaper SIM card or roaming data plan.

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Once done, I headed down to the Airport Rail Link to catch the City Line to my hotel.

Overall, a fuss-free first flight with Scoot though I can’t remember all the details on it since it was 8 years ago and my ticket was no-frills other than my 15kg check-in bag. But I remembered being rather pleased with the new airline as it wasn’t as crammed as I thought, and it was great to see it finally flying after I submitted my final year project on it before the airline even flew.

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