Flight Review: Scoot TR891 from Sapporo New Chitose Airport to Singapore Changi Airport by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Scoot TR891 from Sapporo New Chitose Airport to Singapore Changi Airport

Scoot TR891 is a seasonal flight from Sapporo New Chitose Airport to Singapore Changi Airport, operating during the winter season. Done with my quick 5-day trip to Hokkaido, it was time to catch my return flight back to Singapore.

Sapporo New Chitose Airport

I arrived at Sapporo New Chitose Airport by the Rapid Airport 88 train from Sapporo Station. New Chitose Airport Station is located under the domestic terminal, with a link to the international terminal via Smile Road. This reminds me a bit of Victory Road towards the end of a Pokémon game, with a walk through Smile Road towards the end of my Hokkaido trip.

Sapporo New Chitose Airport Smile Road

Smile Road consists of 3 main attractions – Royce’ Chocolate World, Hello Kitty Happy Flight, and Doraemon WakuWaku Sky Park.

Royce’ Chocolate World

The first attraction on Smile Road towards the international terminal is Royce’ Chocolate World with a bakery and confectionery selling lots of Royce’ products.

A museum on ROYCE’ Chocolate’s history is also located here, after the confectionery.

More interestingly, there is a linear ROYCE’ Chocolate factory to see the staff making ROYCE’ Chocolate products live.

Hello Kitty Happy Flight

Next up is Hello Kitty Happy Flight, a theme park for kids featuring Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty Happy Flight was closed during my walk on Victory Road Smile Road as it was probably too early in the morning for kids to be excited enough.

The admission fees of Hello Kitty Happy Flight.

The Hello Kitty Happy Flight journey starts from the check-in counter of Hello Kitty Airlines as the ticket counter.

Ah finally, the real-life departure screen follows at Hello Kitty Happy Flight.

It was quite an empty morning at the international terminal, I’m 2.5 hours before my flight but the screen was already showing “Go to gate”.

Hello Kitty Happy Flight Café

Happy Flight Café probably marks the end of the Hello Kitty Happy Flight experience with some snacks and drinks. This was still closed this early morning.

Doraemon WakuWaku Sky Park

The signs to the international terminal continues through Doraemon WakuWaku Sky Park.

Likewise, Doraemon WakuWaku Sky Park was closed in the early morning.

After Doraemon WakuWaku Sky Park, there’s a cheerful sign pointing towards the international terminal.

Sapporo New Chitose Airport International Terminal

A stale airport sign greets me to the international terminal. Seems like I left my smile along Smile Road.

The international departure hall of Sapporo New Chitose Airport.

The check-in counter location was listed in a schematic map instead of a generic airport screen table. Truly Japan logic makes life easier.

Check-in for Scoot is at Counter A.

Queuing to check-in for my Scoot TR891 flight at Counter A.

My boarding pass for my Scoot TR891 flight from Sapporo New Chitose Airport to Singapore Changi Airport.

My 2 cabin bags were tagged at the check-in counter with no weight issues.

There is 1 souvenir shop at the departure hall, but I decided to do my shopping after immigration to be tax free.

It’s sad to leave Japan, and perhaps even a little bit more sad to be leaving an empty airport terminal.

On the other hand, an empty airport terminal means no lines for security and immigration, and I was done with both in less than 2 minutes.

The international transit area after immigration is simple with a linear design, with gates on 1 side and shops on the other, and lots of seats in between.

First up is to fill my water bottle up in preparation for the Scoot flight.

Next is to buy Shiroi Koibito from duty free like a typical Singaporean. The 2 best sellers at the duty free shop here are Shiroi Koibito and Jaga Pokkuru. It’s almost as if everyone on the Scoot flight continued the departure process after check-in and immigration to duty free first before boarding. Remember, duty-free shopping in the transit area does not count towards the cabin baggage allowance.

Gate 70 for my Scoot TR891 is located conveniently opposite the duty free shop.

There is another smaller duty free shop at the end opposite Gate 71 with Jaga Pokkuru, however, they do not sell Shiroi Koibito.

The Hokkaido Food Hall in the middle of the terminal building was very closed.

There is also some renovations going on to the gates on the other side of the terminal building.

There is only 1 café open near Gates 69 and 70, so that’s where everyone queued up for food and drinks.

The menu of the café booth with coffee, beer, and food.

To prepare myself for the lunchtime departure of Scoot TR891, I ordered a Fried Rice and Sapporo Beer from the café to end my Sapporo trip. A spork was provided for my Fried Rice.

The Fried Rice (650 yen) was surprisingly good despite it coming out freshly poured from a microwaved bag. The rice was moist and not too oily, with some small pieces of pork inside as well. It’s not fresh gourmet but for a microwaved meal, this is half the price as compared to Scoot’s on-board menu.

It was soon boarding time, so I headed back to Gate 70 to prepare. Not much to do around anyway.

I queued towards the end of the line as my seat was very near to the boarding door.

Heading down the escalator to the aerobridge.

Heading down the aerobridge for boarding.

9V-OFC “Scootalicious” was flying me back to Singapore from Sapporo.

Boarding 9V-OFC “Scootalicious” at the aerobridge.

My seat was right around the entrance door, so that was convenient to place my 2 cabin bags and duty free shopping into the overhead bin immediately.

The legroom available in Scoot’s economy class.

9V-OFC looks aged with cracks on the armrests and scratches on the seat back.

The middle row beside my original seat remained empty after take-off, so I had another flatbed to myself for this flight. What a great pair of flights to and from Sapporo.

Lots of privacy on board this flight.

With the light passenger load, the toilet was quite clean as well.

Both hand sanitiser and soap are provided in the toilet.

At evening time, I was feeling peckish for dinner already, so I succumbed to purchasing an on-board meal. I took the bundle of a hot meal and a bottle of wine for S$20.

I ordered white wine for dinner as I thought it offered more value than a soft drink.

For dinner, I ordered the new Yam Rice.

The Yam Rice was very flavourful with bits and pieces of yam around the sauce-coated rice. Interestingly, there was lap cheong in the Yam Rice which was apparently the main source of complaints for the demised Mum’s Fried Rice. The end of the meal was a bit oily with the remainder oil sitting at a corner of the casserole though.

Towards the end of the flight, the crew changed the Boeing Sky Interior to a rainbow as the cabin was getting prepared for landing.

My Scoot TR891 flight landed at Singapore Changi Airport at 6.45pm – 1 hour and 15 minutes early. Amazing.

Heading up the aerobridge.

Thanks 9V-OFC “Scootalicious” for the speedy flight.

Taking the travellator to arrival immigration.

Heading down the escalator to arrival immigration.

Passing by the duty free shops with nothing to buy since I had already done my shopping in Sapporo New Chitose Airport.

Baggage reclaim for Scoot TR891 was at Belt 17. However, as I had only cabin baggage, I headed straight out through customs.

The busy arrival hall of Changi Airport Terminal 1.


My Scoot TR891 flight was almost as luxurious as my onward Scoot TR890 with a light load from Sapporo to Singapore, with every passenger able to easily secure a full row to themselves. Not many people laid flat on this daytime flight, but it still offered great arm and legroom. It’s not great for revenue, but it certainly was beneficial to the few passengers on board.

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