Scoot TR975 is the last flight of the day from Hong Kong to Singapore, departing at 9.50pm – which means it’s technically considered as a red-eye flight since the flight will arrive in Singapore the next morning (+1) despite being a short 4-hour flight. However, I booked my ticket partially on fares, but also because this flight was being operated by an Airbus A319, which means a wee bit more legroom for this budget flight.
*Note: Due to Scoot TR975 being a low-cost night flight with not much to talk about, content in this article might sound like service information on the Hong Kong International Airport Automated People Mover instead.
Scoot operates from Terminal 2 of Hong Kong International Airport. However, Terminal 2 has actually no contact gates or even taxiways for that matter, and the flight will depart from the Midfield Concourse later on.
Checking in for my flight back to Singapore at Aisle P.
Only one class of travel is available on board the Airbus A319.
My boarding pass for the TR975 flight from Hong Kong to Singapore. My gate was at Gate 217, at the Midfield Concourse.
Terminal 2 has only check-in counters, immigration counters and the Automated People Mover train to where the other gates are. As there are not many Terminal 2 flights departing at this time, it was a very easy walk through the processes with no crowd.
Heading down to immigration.
Toilets are available before immigration and security screening.
There was pretty much almost nobody at immigration, and since I’m allowed to use the “Smart Departure” e-Channel to exit Hong Kong, the whole immigration process took less than 20 seconds.
There are a few shops after immigration and security for last-minute souvenirs.
At the end of the path, there are escalators leading down to the Automated People Mover station, so Terminal 2 is actually like a very elaborate LRT station instead.
Boarding the Automated People Mover to Terminal 1 East Hall. Trains on the SkyPlaza Line operate at 4 minute intervals.
The interior of the Automated People Mover on the SkyPlaza Line.
This line only reaches up till Terminal 1 East Hall as this portion operates on a bi-directional single track, with the crossing of both trains taking place at Terminal 2 (the SkyPier-bound train does not stop at Terminal 2).
Heading to Terminal 1 East Hall.
Once at Terminal 1 East Hall, you can proceed to Gates 1 to 39 or the North Satellite Concourse by bus for Gates 501 to 510, or have the option of shopping or dining upstairs first, or cross the platform to continue on to Terminal 1 West Hall (Gates 40 to 80) or the Midfield Concourse (Gates 201-230).
The platform of the PTB Line at Terminal 1 East Hall.
Boarding the Automated People Mover to the Midfield Concourse. Trains on the PTB Line operate at 2 minute intervals.
The route map of the PTB Line.
The Midfield Concourse is the last station of the PTB Line.
The interior of the Automated People Mover on the PTB Line.
Heading up the escalator to the Midfield Concourse.
(Passengers can also head back to the main Terminal 1 building by taking the shuttle to Terminal 1 West Hall on the next platform.)
The escalator leads up to the centre of the Midfield Concourse.
Gate 217 is on the right side.
The walk to the gate was very pleasant, with an airy roof above and wide travelators.
I was one of the last passengers to board the plane at Gate 217. Oops.
The final call for late passengers like me to board the plane.
The aerobridge looks rather similar to the gates at the main Terminal 1.
Boarding the small but comfortable Airbus A319 to Singapore. 9V-TRB is on service for this flight, the same plane which brought me to Palembang about half a year ago.
The legroom on Scoot’s A319 is a wee bit longer than the typical A320 seat pitch.
Pretty happy to be seated at the front end of the aircraft.
A Thai AirAsia plane parked beside mine.
The view of the interior of the plane from Seat 8A.
After pushback, the plane sat on the taxiway for a few minutes.
Waiting for a Cathay Pacific A350 to pass my plane first.
Cabin lights were dimmed during taxi.
Pretty strong winds on the runway, at Typhoon Signal No. 3.
The lit-up Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge at night without any vehicles yet.
The queue for take-off was pretty long too, taking about 20 minutes.
Ready to take-off from Hong Kong.
Goodbye Hong Kong.
Flying past Pillar Point at Tuen Mun.
The flight was rather uneventful, but I couldn’t really sleep, so I spent the flight watching movies and playing games on my phone.
However, there was an annoying passenger (a father) seated a row behind me who was pretty rude to a stewardess when she requested his child to buckle up during turbulence (which was bumpier than normal) and the seatbelt sign was turned on, and even almost refusing to follow instructions saying things like “how can I wake her up” and the stewardess being “unreasonable”. I had half the mind to tell him off if he carried on after a few more sentences, but he woke his child up anyway (who did cry), and tsk-ed around as if it was the stewardess’ fault for causing the turbulence.
I hope none of you reading this will ever put your kid in danger without a seatbelt fastened during a bumpier-than-usual turbulence, because that’s very irresponsible as a parent, to not even be concerned about your own child’s safety when you yourself are probably buckled up. And we all know that smaller and lighter things tend to fly around more easily during turbulence.
Landing at Changi Airport at 1.50am in the morning, making this an overnight red-eye flight.
Terminal 1 and Jewel Changi Airport at night.
Turning into Gate E10.
Docking the plane at Gate E10.
Thank you 9V-TRB, one of the very few hybrid Tigerair-Scoot liveried planes around.
Overall, it was quite an alright flight since I just need the flight for transport at night to maximise the time I have in Hong Kong, and the extra legroom with no one in the middle seat on the A319 did make the seat feel slightly bearable for this 4-hour budget flight.
A rather uneventful, straightforward end to the journey from Hanoi to Hong Kong.