The return flight, which is also my first flight of 2016, was booked on Scoot's ScootBiz class. If booked early in advance on its sale fare, ScootBiz is definitely a better deal than flying Scoot's economy with frills thrown in. ScootBiz now includes 30kg check-in bags, a premium meal with drink, free seat selection, and of course a bigger seat with at least 38 pitch. However, Scoot flies from Don Muang airport, which means a pricey cab ride (by Bangkok standards) to the airport instead of being able to catch the airport train.
Check in was fast as ScootBiz has a dedicated check-in counter. The economy queue, however, was snaking.
Boarding pass was receipt-style, printed on Nok's stock.
Immigration and security did not take too long. However, there was nothing much of interest to do in Don Muang, with limited shops and eateries.
Pier where most international flights depart from.
Flight would depart from Gate 24. Aircraft had arrived early this evening.
03 January 2016 Scoot TZ 301 Bangkok Don Muang (DMK) - Singapore (SIN) B787-9 9V-OJD ScootBiz Flight Time: 2h09m
Big Yella Fella would be flying me home this evening.
Boarding started on schedule, with passengers needing assistance and ScootBiz pax allowed priority boarding. Entering my first B787 Dreamliner ride soon.
Turned left upon boarding towards the ScootBiz cabin. Crew were assisting and guiding passengers to their seats.
Lets have a look at the ScootBiz cabin and seats.
Settled down at 4A. No pillows or blankets were available (BOB or BYO). However the seat is rather comfortable, fitted with an adjustable headrest and legrest. Seat pitch is definitely more than sufficient for the short flight and recline is decent. Even though the ScootBiz seat is not comparable to legacy carriers business class seats, they are perfectly acceptable for short to mid haul flights. Felt that it is slightly better than premium economy seats out there. However service-wise, ScootBiz is more Economy Class orientated unlike Jetstar Business Class, which has a more premium Business-like offering.
Electronic dimming window shades. Can't test out its effectiveness as the entire flight was in darkness.
Scoot mags and the streaming IFE selection. Streaming IFE is complimentary for ScootBiz pax, but IFE is only available on longer flights and not available on the SIN-BKK sector.
ScootBiz cabin was only about half-full, while economy was choc-a-block. A welcome drink of a cup of water was distributed to us ScootBiz pax.
Gallery equipment were all in a funky yellow.
Lavatory has cool lighting but basic amenities.
We soon pushed back, and with a manual safety demo performed, taxied to Rwy21L for departure.
Climbing out over Bangkok city.
Crew came down to take our drink orders with the meal. Each ScootBiz pax is entitled to one drink from the BOB menu, both alcoholic or non-alcoholic, with the meal. Any additions wold need to be purchased. The premium main on the BKK-SIN sector is Thai green curry chicken with steamed rice.
My premium meal was served shortly. On the tray was a starter, main, dessert and a cup of water.
The starter looked like coleslaw, but was actually vinegared vegetables. Not a big fan of the sourish taste.
The green curry was just passable as it was not spicy enough. Portion was good though.
No complaints with the Haagen Dazs.
Crew then came down offering more BOB and duty free items for sale.
Passenger relaxing the rest of the flight away.
Singapore night skyline in the distance during approach to Changi.
Landing on Rwy02C, slightly ahead of schedule.
Final view of my seat before disembarking.
Bangkok - DMK
Singapore - SIN
ScootBiz, if booked on a sale fare, is definitely value-for-money, considering the comfort provided by the more spacious seat. Service by crew is casual but professional, and catering is of average standards. When prices are right, ScootBiz is definitely recommendable for short to mid-haul flights. Just don't expect Business-style service similar to premium carriers and you will not be disappointed.
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